2019

2019 Black Belt Hall of Fame
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The martial arts gods are smiling down on Chatri Sityodtong and ONE Championship. Either that or Chatri is a genius because what he and his crew are serving up is resonating not only with fight fans in Asia but also with traditional and eclectic martial arts practitioners around the world. As evidence, note that ONE […]

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Man sentenced to 158 years in prison for double fatal car crash in May 2019 in Lakewood
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A 29-year-old man who killed two people while driving high on methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 158 years in prison. Related Articles Police standoff in Aurora apartment complex Tuesday comes up empty William Lloyd Jokay-Szilagji killed Jacob Bowen, 26, and Jesse Edmonds, 30, in May 2019 when he ran a red light at Alameda and […]

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2019 Women of the year – Rondy McKee
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When taekwondo master Rondy McKee gives a keynote speech, it’s standing room only. Her tips on marketing and advertising are worth their weight in gold. Consider this update Black Belt received right before going to press: “I just got home from Germany,” McKee said. “In addition to teaching several classes, I was the keynote speaker […]

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Lesson Plans Thursday, January 2, 2019
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BEGINNER CLASS (A1) Punches- Straight Drill- Punches/Sprint/Push ups Elbow 1-3 Choke from the side Drill: Groups of 3; non stop punches, defend choke from the side INTERMEDIATE CLASS (A1) Basic Punching and Kicking to large shield Drill: “in” and “out” on instructors command, practicing distance continuum (kicks, punches, then elbows and knee, etc) Front Kick […]

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U.S. mass killings hit new high in 2019, most were shootings
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The first one occurred 19 days into the new year when a man used an ax to kill four family members including his infant daughter. Five months later, 12 people were killed in a workplace shooting in Virginia. Twenty-two more died at a Walmart in El Paso in August. A database compiled by The Associated […]

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Lesson Plans Friday, December 20, 2019
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Wrist Releases – as part of warm up Straight Punches Drill: 30 seconds non-stop punching, three rounds Knees Round Kick Combo: right round kick/right knee Choke from Behind with a Push   INTERMEDIATE CLASS (D3) Focus Mitts: Left/Right/step back to avoid jab/Right/Left/Right Focus Mitts: Left/Right/Left Hook/step and pivot left/Right Uppercut/Right Straight Outside […]

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Lesson Plans Thursday, December 19, 2019
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BEGINNER CALSS (B3) Left/Right Combintion Round Kick (also work switch round kick) Drill: Thai Pads- 2-3 minute rounds, straight punch combinations with round kicks, add sprawls in the second round Choke from Front Choke from Side Choke from Behind Drill: Monkey in the Middle- Groups of 5; One defender, non-stop attacks INTERMEDIATE CLASS (D3) Thai […]

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Lesson Plans Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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Beginner (B3) Left/Right Combination Round Kick Knees Drill: Drill: Pyramid 30 seconds Left/Right combo 10 second Rest 45 seconds Round Kick 10 second Rest 60 seconds Non-stop Knee strikes 10 second Rest 90 seconds Target recognition: 2 punches, Round Kick, or Knee Ground – Side Position Ground – Side Kick Ground – Getting Up (from […]

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Lesson Plans Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Hammerfist Forward Hammerfist Downward Hammerfist to the Side Drill: Striker eyes closed, pad holder bumps striker from the front or from the side, striker; make the appropriate hammerfist and follow with counter attacks until pad holder calls time. Wrist Releases Choke from the side Drill: Defender; eyes closed, attacker; either bumps defender […]

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Lesson Plans Monday, December 16, 2019
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Movement Straight Punches – Left/Right Combo Drill — Circle Drill — puncher makes Left/Right Combo, then moves in a half circle around the pad holder; after moving 180 degrees, make Left/Right Combo and move back 180 degrees. During movement, the puncher should be just outside of punching range. This is a basic […]

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Lesson Plans Friday, December 13, 2019
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Front Kick – practice from passive stance, followed by straight punches Round Kick Round Kick – focus on various angles: downward, horizontal, upward Drill: Horseshoe Drill Horseshoe Kicking Drill Wrist Releases – discuss aggressive v. soft responses based on situation and stimulus Arm Pull — burst forward with counterattacks Drill: Aggressive or […]

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Lesson Plans Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Beginner (B3) Elbow 4 Punches- Straight Punch Hammerfist Forward Knees Drill: Groups of 3: A/B/C. A holds pad for B, calling out any number 1-10. B throws that number of hand combatives, either straight punches or Hammerfist Forward. C is a roaming attacker and can tap any B from behind with pad. B throws Elbow […]

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Lesson Plans Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Wrist Releases – do “elbow to elbow” and “hitchhike out” techniques as part of warm up Straight Punches – left/right combination Drill: pad holder jabs pad at partner; partner covers up, then makes left/right combo Knees – with and without controlling with arms Drill: as above, but add a knee after the […]

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Lesson Plans Monday, December 9, 2019
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BEGINNER CLASS (B3) Stance Movement Movement + Pivot (see video) Left/Right/pivot left Left/Right/pivot right Straight Punch Low Inside Def. Inside Def. v. Straight Punch Low Defense high or low straight punch   INTERMEDIATE CLASS (D3) Combative Combinations to Large Shield – Left/Right/Front Kick Vertical Target – Right/Left Knee – Left/Right/Right Elbow/Right Knee Pull Arm – […]

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