DEADLY ART OF SURVIVAL LEGENDS: GM Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief

Teacher, Competitor, Author, Actor

Born and raised in the Bronx, Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief started his martial arts training in his early teens. Ron Van Clief served in the U.S. Marine from 1960 to 1965 with a tour in Vietnam during that year. After military service, he became a New York City Transit Police Officer from 1965 to 1968.

Ron Van Clief was a five-time karate and kung fu world champion and 15-time All-American Champion. He competed in full-contact and non-contact tournaments in New York and several national tournaments.

He began his martial arts training in the 50’s and eventually trained with Bruce Lee. He was christened the “Black Dragon” during this time.

Van Clief was a student of Goju-Ryu masters Peter Urban, Frank Ruiz, and Moses Powell as well as WingTsun founder Leung Ting. He also studied Modern Arnis (Remy Presas) and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (Joe Moreira).

On December 16, 1994, at the age of 51, he competed in the 4th Ultimate Fighting Championship. In this fight, he faced off against Royce Gracie, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion.

Van Clief is an author of many instructional books and video recordings as well as a film choreographer and actor appearing in several films. He continues to conduct seminars and attend training with his son in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Ron Van Clief’s first major acting job was as the lead in a 1974 Hong Kong film called The Black Dragon (which was renamed to Super Dragon for its US release). Playing opposite Jason Pai Piao, Van Clief had a very positive reception from audiences.

Some of his film roles during the 70s were for Blaxploitation films which capitalized on the then-novelty of an African-American martial artist. It was a style that had previously been explored by Jim Kelly in the prequel to Enter The Dragon. He starred alongside Leo Fong in a Filipino action film called Bamboo Trap in 1975. Van Clief’s roles in films earned him the nickname “The Black Dragon” and the name inspired the titles of his films The Black Dragon’s Revenge (aka The Black Dragon Revenges the Death of Bruce Lee) (1975) and Way of the Black Dragon (1979). He appeared in the 1977 Italian crime film The Squeeze opposite Lee Van Cleef and Karen Black and was also the fight choreographer for the 1985 film The Last Dragon.

Ron Van Clief provided various voice-over roles for the international TV series titled Kung Faux.

He has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild for over 3 decades.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to train with the Black Dragon at Deadly Art of Survival’s 2nd Convention, happening on September 10, 2022. He will be instructing an Official Chinese Goju training on the event. 

DEADLY ART OF SURVIVAL LEGENDS: GM Thomas Gettling

VETERAN martial arts practitioner Sijo Thomas Gettling began his study of Judo in 1964 under Judoka and Vietnam tunnel rat Robert Saunders

While deployed in Vietnam, Saunders gave Gettling his blessing to study Kung Fu under Sifu Diu Shen. Gettling’s passion for martial arts led him to Sydney Filson, who introduced him to two legends in their field. Jason Lau; a Wing Chun legend and Thomas Agero; a Kobudo master.

Blessed with the privilege to receive instruction from all three, Gettling at age 14 began teaching children from his neighborhood and turned to the tournament circuit when both he and his student found great success in the combined artform which is now known as San Lung Tao.

When he was 17, Sijo Gettling was approached by Adolfo Ennever to join the group of AFMA. Unbeknownst to him, the president of this group was Ronald Duncan- the father of American Ninjitsu… Not long after, Gettling was recruited as part of a select group called the Shadows of the Black Dragon.

For over three decades, Gettling served as the Renshi (Master Instructor) to Adolfo Ennever, O’sensei Ronald Duncan, and Hanshi Vincente Cruz.

In 2010, Gettling parted ways with AFMA and founded a successful organization called the World Warrior Alliance (WWA). The WWA hosted well-attended seminars around the USA and Canada.

Always a student, Gettling has received mentorship from Oso Tayari Casel and Soke Lil John Davis over the last 11 years.

Despite having several books and magazine features in his lifetime, Gettling’s biggest and proudest achievements beyond his students have been 100’s tournament victories, He takes pride in his student’s success both inside and outside the Dojo, as well as in his own career as a personal bodyguard to the stars that have included taking care of James Brown, Madonna, Tina Turner, and Pele.

Approaching year 58 of training, Sijo Gettling’s greatest gift without a doubt is his longevity and consistency in his beloved martial arts – career – students – and family.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet and experience Sijo Thomas Gettling’s greatness at Deadly Art of Survival’s 2nd Convention, happening on September 10, 2022. GM will be instructing an Official Nunchaku seminar on the event. 

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Soke Haisan Kaleak | Deadly Art of Survival Magazine

On any given day, you can find Soke Haisan Kaleak, one of the many great African-American Martial Artists of the 21st century on the mat serving young and old martial arts students and enthuses. His title, “Soke” which means “Founder,” is also sometimes referred to as “Baba” a Kiswahili term that translates as “Father or Leader.” He has earned these titles because of his love to identify his martial arts through an Afro-centric meanings. Soke is recognized as one of the leading weapons instructors on the East Coast, is the recipient of 10 martial arts “Hall of Fame” awards and is the proud recipient of the distinguished “Martial Arts Living Legend Award.” In addition to these, he has been recognized for his continued contributions to the community by receiving the certificate of “Special Congressional Recognition” from Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clark and The Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of Service from Senator John Sampson, and New York Citation from the Office of President Borough of Brooklyn city of New York.

Soke Haisan, a member of “Eye to Eye International Jiu-jitsu Federation,” is also a Certified Fugitive Recovery Agent and bodyguard to politicians. He is currently the elected President of the “Family of Sanuces” and recipient of USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Hall of Fame, Black Ryu Hall of Fame, Martial Arts Press Conference Hall of fame/ NBLA and recognized by the Bonello foundation Inc. of Veteran affairs.

Deadly Art of Survival Magazine 5th Edition featuring GM Thomas Gettling & Haisan Kaleak

His most recently published book “I Am Kuroshi-Do spoke of his early days as a martial artist. His 2nd book “Wisdom of Self,” is soon to be released. Soke Haisan Kaleak is also the host of “Doc Radio,” Making the Connection Blog talk radio, an online martial arts radio show he hosts in dedication to his teacher Supreme Grandmaster Dr. Moses Powell. He was host of the Cable TV Show “On the Mat” a Martial Arts Cable TV show, and featured on Diedra Cole/Warrior Within podcast, and on Sensei Emmitt podcast, Agent for national missing Children’s center /Child Search Inc., and Martial Maze.

Soke began his teaching career with the New York Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) in Brownsville, Brooklyn New York at the Howard Houses known for boxing gyms serving the likes of Mike Tyson and other great boxers. He instructed through his dojo Warriors Domaine. His second school was recognized by the Mayor of New York City, David Dinkins as one of the best athletic programs of physical fitness in Brooklyn, New York. As the martial arts director of the Jackie Robinson Center for Physical Culture in Central Brooklyn serving over 4000 youngsters, Soke Haisan was responsible for managing and developing over 350 young martial artists ages 8-18 in this organization. The instructors, all trained by Soke, have managed to develop the best free martial arts after-school program in New York City. Through his hard work and perseverance, Soke Haisan is a great example of how a person can effectively give back to his community.

Throughout his martial arts career, Soke has sought to learn all that he could. Soke’s vast skills come from training with some of the best in the martial arts, such as Professor Tadashi Nakamura and Sensei Eric James who provided his training in Kyokushinkai-Kan. His knowledge of Shotokan karate-do come from Professor George Cofield, Shihan Thomas LaPuppet and Sensei Lusayne S. Alston. Soke Little John Davis trained Soke Haisan in Kumite-Ryu. Professor Charles Elmore instructed Soke Haisan in the art of Aki-Elmore-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu. His skills in weaponry were attained through training with Professor Ronald Duncan, Professor Robert “Sugar” Crosson, Soke Steve Alston and Hanshi Charles Sparrow. Those masters have passed on their many years of experience…..

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BUSINESS HACK 101: 5 PAINFUL TASKS YOU CAN DELEGATE TO A VA

Each day brings a set of tasks that needs to be accomplished. May it be personal or professional, we all carry around little to-do lists in our heads that generally dictate how our day will go. As a business owner, you need to know how to delegate certain tasks to help you focus on things you should be doing to grow your business. Here’s a list of tasks you can outsource or delegate to a Virtual Assistant.

Administrative Tasks

These repetitive daily tasks may not have a significant impact on your business’ growth but they are needed to keep things running smoothly. These are also time-consuming and can distract you from doing the more crucial tasks needed in your company. Most business owners outsource this through Virtual Assistants (VAs). These remotely-based skilled professionals can perform a variety of administrative tasks such as:

  • Data encoding
  • Data organization
  • Report generation
  • Online researching
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Template and forms creation
  • Personal calendar management
  • Email maintenance (subject to your guidelines)
  • Project management tasks

Content Writing

Writing takes a lot of time and research. Although ideas are a dime a dozen, the way you communicate it will be the main thing that will differentiate you from the rest. Online marketing involves a huge amount of writing from blogs, social media posts, emails, etc. You need writers who can come up with interesting articles and punchy lines that involve the following but are not limited to:

  • Blog creation
  • Proposal writing
  • Copywriting
  • Guest blogging
  • Article rewriting/spinning
  • SEO writing
  • Ebook writing
  • Marketing-related articles (newsletters, promotional emails, etc.)

The pool of writers available for you is just as good and qualified as your native English writers. Not to mention that you can get them at a significantly lower hourly rate. Who knows? You’re probably a click away from your personal wordsmith across the globe!

Graphic and Web Design

These tasks require a specific skill set and some degree of experience. Delegating these designing tasks can help you focus on the ideas you want for your site or other marketing collateral while letting your designers come up with studies for you. Creativity has no limits but it also comes with a price tag. By outsourcing these design tasks, you can save a lot of time and money, too.

  • Logo design
  • Brochure creation
  • Site design (banners, headers, and sidebars)
  • Flash presentation
  • Newsletter layout
  • Sales and marketing collaterals design

SEO Marketing

Online marketing is a lot of ground to cover. One of its most valuable aspects is SEO marketing. You need people who can execute and maintain this for you. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) helps your ranking in Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. High-quality content coupled with SEO management results in increased site traffic and ranking. Having a delegated VA doing this for you will help you to be consistently ahead of the SEO game. With constant monitoring and management, your business can thrive with the help of these outsourced online tasks:

  • Site optimization
  • Keyword backlinks or link building
  • Webmaster supervision
  • Sitemap submissions
  • Social bookmarking and tracking (Reddit, Stumble Upon, Digg, etc.)
  • Traffic and ranking reports
  • Forum moderation

Social Media Management

With most of your clients glued to social media, the need to be active and interactive is more crucial than ever. Social media involves real-time communication with your customers. You need to be able to monitor the latest buzz and the trending news in order to determine its effects on your business or target market. Having said that, you need someone who will devote her time and energy to managing your social media accounts. It will be too much load to pass it on to your marketing personnel who probably already have their hands full. Your social media VA can help you cover the following tasks:

  • Manage Twitter posts
  • Monitor retweets, mentions, and replies
  • Facebook page management
  • Monitor likes and shares
  • Reply to comments
  • Consolidate complaint reports
  • Post scheduling and curating
  • Content promotion

It wouldn’t be long before the Internet totally changes the dynamics of our workforce. With outsourcing leveling the playing field of the global work industry, we see the rise of mixed teams collaborating both in-house and remotely.  The need for smart delegation is the game-changer in this ongoing work shift. Outsourcing these tasks and more will help you increase your productivity, spend your resources wisely, focus on maximizing your business’ potential, and ultimately, usher in its growth.

Need help delegating? Get your own Virtual Assistant today!

These Are the Best Coffee Makers to Buy on Amazon

We’ve rounded up four of the best coffee makers available now on Amazon that will meet your preferences, no matter how specific they are.

Mr. Coffee Digital Coffee Maker

This Mr. Coffee coffee machine is a simple machine that does the job. You can choose to brew a coffee now or later by pressing the button on it, and it will be ready in minutes! Using a coffeemaker with a water filtration system will make delicious coffee while also providing good hygiene and order. This particular model is of average size and it’s simple to maintain.

Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker

If you’re no longer happy with your old coffee maker, the Keurig K-Duo is the perfect solution for you. It’s got two sides, one for brewing ground coffee and another for making delicious pod coffees! You can make a cup of coffee, or you can fill up a travel mug. It has a large, 60-ounce water reservoir. Plus, the removable reservoir makes refilling it really easy.

Ninja 10-Cup Specialty Coffee Maker

These days, specialty drinks are not just coffee shop specialties. The Ninja 10-cup Specialty Coffee Maker can make much more than your typical morning cup of joe. They can whip up lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos and iced coffee drinks too! The coffee maker is simple to use and comes with a set of clear labels so you’ll be able to find the settings you want. It also includes a milk frother so you can make your coffee with either hot or cold milk!

Cuisinart DGB-550BKP1

If you prefer to prepare your own coffee beans before brewing, this Cuisinart coffee maker is perfect for you! It features a built- in grinder. The grinding feature can also be turned off for times when you do have pre-ground beans to use. This coffee maker has a setting that allows you to pause a cycle, or automatically shut off after a certain amount of hours. With this machine, you can also use charcoal water which helps in getting the most out of your coffee beans and increases the strength.


Coffee Maker Buying Guide

From the coffee maker’s brewing method to its other features, here are a few of the main details to watch for when shopping.
Brewing Method and Capacity: First things first, you need to decide if you want to brew coffee from coffee grounds or from pods. While pod varieties are quick and convenient, they may not leave your palate satisfied as much as choosing a variety of different coffees. If you’re the type of person who likes to drink many cups at once, or if you need a pot for a big family, try to find one that brews more than one cup at a time.
Settings: Planning when your coffee will brew in advance can help save time. You may want to look for an auto-brew feature or a timer built into the machine. Some coffee makers take it another step further, letting you choose settings for coffee drinks, or allowing you to choose the strength of your brew. While these types of machines will be more expensive, they are a worthy investment for coffee lovers.

Power Dental Flossers on Amazon | The Waterpik Aquarius

Water flossers, also known as oral irrigators, cost a lot more up-front than string floss. And it can be quite awkward to use – saliva may start coming out of your mouth! Plus, there is no obvious evidence that they’re better than traditional dental floss. Some people like the feeling of the water jets in their mouth, others find it much easier to use than dental floss. Comparatively, we would recommend the Waterpik Ion. It’s a compact, traditional water flosser with a cordless charging base. It is so effective that it left mouths feeling clean and took up less counter space than most of its competitors.


Testers unanimously chose Waterpik’s Ion as the best water flosser, both in terms of cleaning and saving counter space. It tied with our previous longstanding pick, the Waterpik Aquarius, for being most likely to deliver that ‘just left the dentist’ feeling. But the Ion’s unique wireless charging base is a significant upgrade because it successfully mitigates one of the biggest hurdles we’ve had with traditional water flossers: needing an outlet near your countertop.


The Ion has 10 different pressure settings and comes with a variety of tips so it should be easy to find one that’s right for you. Plus, it also comes with a three-year warranty, just in case something happens.

The Waterpik Aquarius cleans mouths just as well as the Ion, and it has the same 10 pressure settings and three-year warranty. Although this model takes up more space and needs to be plugged in while in use, it still provides a relatively easy experience when compared to other flossers. It’s also nicer to find that it comes with an included “massage” setting, which emits pulses of water.


If you find yourself wanting to reuse your water flosser in other places besides just the sink such as taking it into the shower with you, consider getting a Waterpik Cordless Express. It makes it easy to enjoy your favorite oral care tools while moving around. It’s a portable, cordless water flosser that is just as powerful as our other picks. This battery operated Flosser is great because it combines the sprayer with a single use reservoir, so there’s no need for an extra sink or to lug around a water jug. The compact design also makes it perfect for travelling.

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The Deadly Art of Survival Magazine 3rd Edition Is Out Now!

The Deadly Art of Survival Magazine is the number one Martial Arts magazine worldwide on AMAZON. This edition features Gregory Duncan, Glen Beck, Gregg Zilb, and more. It’s currently the most talked about and hottest magazine in recent memory, featuring true legends, dedicated warriors, Martial Arts heroes and community leaders.

These instructors’ stories will blow you away with their monumental achievements bigger than life articles, hard work sacrifices and dedication to their art. The Deadly Art of Survival is historical and one of the best Martial Arts magazines ever.

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“I’m Here For The Girls” on Amazon Today | A Must Read

After 7 years of divine timing, “The Hope Dealer” Renata A. Hannans presents the followup to her acclaimed debut, P.S. Never Give Up Hope.

I’m Here For The Girls chronicles the lives of 11 women and how men played a role in their incarceration. Traumatic experiences, including addiction, domestic violence, sexual abuse, loyal commitment to young love and devastating, accidental circumstances are all explained throughout the poignant pages.

Renata A. Hannans

These daughters-mothers-wives lay their hearts on the line while sharing how they repeatedly, or unexpectedly, ended up behind bars. Through self-reflection via their own words, each chapter pieces together true details about the girls who deserve to have their stories told.

These stories made me want to hug my little daughter and cherish every moment I have with her as a father. This just goes to show you, that every human being has a story, and has overcome so much in their life. I highly recommend this book, whether your a father mother, sister, or brother. Get a copy, and shoutout to all the amazing women that gave their testimonial.

Jacob Ingram

Author bio

Renata A. Hannans nationally known as The Hope Dealer, is a Jacksonville native who earned her B.S. in Social Science from Jacksonville University. Renata’s niche for criminal law was discovered at an early age, immediately stemming from her recollection of sitting in on her first trial as a public observer. As a former Case Manager, she was tasked with the responsibilities of guiding at-risk high school students during the pivotal moments of their adolescent years. Since publishing her first book, P.S. Never Give Up Hope, in 2013 she has founded an advocacy organization, P.S. Never Give Up Hope, Inc., focused on reducing recidivism and promoting literacy.

Top 3 Most Useful Things To Buy On Amazon For Your Home (Under $25)!

It’s literally ridiculous how many things Amazon sells everyday. And what’s crazy is most of the stuff that you buy is under $25 so it’s reasonably priced and super useful. I went over 100 different products looking for the best of the best, but it narrowed down to these three products.

1. Amazon smart plug

Amazon Smart Plug works with Alexa to add voice control to any outlet. Schedule lights, fans, and appliances to turn on and off automatically, or control them remotely when you’re away.

$24.99

2. Daiwa Felicity five in one vibrating massager

This awesome massage set is one of the coolest things to buy all Amazon. It comes with five attachments that you can put on, an attachment for a deep scalp, an attachment for a face massage, two point massage, and the handle itself also can become a massager!

$23.99

3. Mini Bluetooth speaker

All right, this little guy is high up on my Amazon list. This tiny speaker is so loud it will fill the entire room with a strong base and sound… And at this price you can go wrong

$16.99