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Black Belt magazine is a monthly United States magazine covering martial arts and combat sports founded in December, 1961 by Mitoshi Uyehara. Black Belt is one of the oldest publications dealing with self-defense and the martial arts in the United States. It is currently owned by Active Interest Media. The magazine covers virtually all martial arts and fighting styles that have a national or international following, including judo, taekwondo, hapkido, karate, kung fu, jiu jitsu, aikido, jeet kune do, pankration and other disciplines. Articles focus on fighting techniques and martial arts personalities, both young and old. Black Belt emphasizes self-defense systems, including military combat and police force self-defense maneuvers.


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December 1961

Black Belt

Vol 1, Num 1

Judo Illustration

12/61 Black Belt

January 1962

Black Belt

Vol 1, Num 2

Brick Break & Kendo

01/62 Black Belt

April 1962

Black Belt

Vol 1, Num 3

Koichi Tohei

04/62 Black Belt

September 1962

Black Belt

Vol 1, Num 4

Morihei Ueshiba

09/62 Black Belt

February 1963

Black Belt

Vol 1, Num 5

Karate & Kendo

02/63 Black Belt

March 1963

Black Belt

Vol 1, Num 6

Board Break

03/63 Black Belt

Summer 1963

Black Belt

Vol 1, Num 6

Board Break

Summer 1963 Black Belt

January 1964

Black Belt

Vol 2, Num 1

Koichi Tohei

01/64 Black Belt

March 1964

Black Belt

Vol 2, Num 2

Gene LeBell

03/64 Black Belt

May 1964

Black Belt

Vol 2, Num 3

Hachiro Wada

05/64 Black Belt

July 1964

Black Belt

Vol 2, Num 4

Tochi Noumi

07/64 Black Belt

September 1964

Black Belt

Vol 2, Num 5

Tak Kubota

09/64 Black Belt

November 1964

Black Belt

Vol 2, Num 6

Mariye K. Yano & Kirio Ueki

11/64 Black Belt

January 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 1

Ark Wong

01/65 Black Belt

February 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 2

Bill Nauta

02/65 Black Belt

March 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 3

Beau Vandenecker

03/65 Black Belt

April 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 4

Tokuji Hirata

04/65 Black Belt

May 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 5

Linda Carpenter

05/65 Black Belt

June 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 6

Paul de Thouars & Rudy Ter Linden

06/65 Black Belt

July 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 7

White Lion

07/65 Black Belt

August 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 8

Hayward Nishioka

08/65 Black Belt

September 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 9

Tak Kubota

09/65 Black Belt

October 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 10

Osamu Ozawa & James Kwan

10/65 Black Belt

November 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 11

Karate Flying Side Kick

11/65 Black Belt

December 1965

Black Belt

Vol 3, Num 12

Martial Arts

12/65 Black Belt

January 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 1

Judo

01/66 Black Belt

February 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 2

Isao Inokuma & Rodolfo Peres

02/66 Black Belt

March 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 3

Gogen Yamaguchi

03/66 Black Belt

April 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 4

Takihiko Ishikawa

04/66 Black Belt

May 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 5

Waka Uyeshiba

05/66 Black Belt

June 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 6

Sumo

06/66 Black Belt

July 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 7

Samurai

07/66 Black Belt

August 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 8

Judo

08/66 Black Belt

September 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 9

Mas Oyama

09/66 Black Belt

October 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 10

Karate

10/66 Black Belt

November 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 11

Lua

11/66 Black Belt

December 1966

Black Belt

Vol 4, Num 12

Ninja

12/66 Black Belt

January 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 1

Karate

01/67 Black Belt

February 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 2

Sambo

02/67 Black Belt

March 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 3

Savate

03/67 Black Belt

April 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 4

Kyudo - Zen archery

04/67 Black Belt

May 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 5

Judo

05/67 Black Belt

June 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 6

Chuck Norris & Joe Lewis

06/67 Black Belt

July 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 7

Tai Chi Chuan

07/67 Black Belt

August 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 8

Sean Connery

08/67 Black Belt

September 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 9

Joe Lewis

09/67 Black Belt

October 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 10

Bruce Lee

10/67 Black Belt

November 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 11

Mitsuo Matsunaga

11/67 Black Belt

December 1967

Black Belt

Vol 5, Num 12

Fumio Demura

12/67 Black Belt

January 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 1

Buddhist Monks

01/68 Black Belt

February 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 2

Martial Arts of Red China

02/68 Black Belt

March 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 3

Robert Sluder

03/68 Black Belt

April 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 4

Jesse Kauhaulua

04/68 Black Belt

May 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 5

Morihei Ueshiba

05/68 Black Belt

June 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 6

Chuck Norris

06/68 Black Belt

July 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 7

Kathy Phillips & James Malind

07/68 Black Belt

August 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 8

Thomas La Puppet

08/68 Black Belt

September 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 9

Tonny Tulleners

09/68 Black Belt

October 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 10

Naginata

10/68 Black Belt

November 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 11

Korean Army Tigers

11/68 Black Belt

December 1968

Black Belt

Vol 6, Num 12

Kick Boxing

12/68 Black Belt

1968

Black Belt Yearbook

 

Shorinji Kempo

1968 Black Belt Yearbook

January 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 1

Tatsuo Suzuki

01/69 Black Belt

February 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 2

Karate Tournament

02/69 Black Belt

March 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 3

Fumio Demura

03/69 Black Belt

April 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 4

Kuntau Bangku

04/69 Black Belt

May 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 5

Fist

05/69 Black Belt

June 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 6

Capoeira

06/69 Black Belt

July 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 7

Jun Kina

07/69 Black Belt

August 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 8

Gin Foon Mark & James Soo

08/69 Black Belt

September 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 9

Karate Tournament

09/69 Black Belt

October 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 10

Pat Johnson

10/69 Black Belt

November 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 11

Louis Delgado

11/69 Black Belt

December 1969

Black Belt

Vol 7, Num 12

Takeda Kikuchi & Isematsu Suzuki

12/69 Black Belt

1969

Black Belt Yearbook

 

Gogen Yamaguchi

1969 Black Belt Yearbook

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