What Utility does Martial Arts Hold in Everyday Life?

Martial arts training is one of the best ways to stay physically fit and mentally sharp. Martial Arts have been shown in studies to have a positive effect on our physical and mental health, including lower blood pressure, better cholesterol levels, increased bone density, and reduced stress. In addition, it can help you improve your life by giving you discipline and respect for yourself as well as those around you. It also helps develop focus so that even when things get tough (and they will) these skills will serve me well!

Discipline

Discipline is the ability to control one’s emotions and behaviors. It’s the key to success in any field, especially martial arts. Discipline is the foundation of all great achievements; without it, you’re just good at something instead of great at something.

Discipline requires self-control, which can be difficult when faced with temptations like money or sex (or even food). But if you want to be successful in any endeavor—including being a good martial artist—you must have discipline!

Respect

Respect is earned, not given. The best way to earn respect is by performing an action that shows your fellow team members and community members that you’re someone they can rely on. This means doing your job well and being a good person in general.

If you want others to respect you, it’s important for them to see how much effort and dedication you put into whatever task it is that needs doing. If your actions show what kind of person you are then they will take notice—and this makes them more likely to respect what else happens around them too!

Confidence

Confidence is an important aspect of life. It can be learned, trained, and built.

Martial arts are a great way to build confidence because they help you learn how to take on challenges and accomplish new activities that may seem intimidating at first but become easier with time. For example, if you are learning how to do something new such as riding a bike or playing basketball, it helps if you have some sort of guidance from someone else who has experience doing those things before (like your instructor). The more often you practice something like riding a bike or playing basketball, the better at it will become over time!

Focus

  • Focus on the task at hand.
  • Focus on the end result.
  • Focus on the process.
  • Focus on the benefits of an end result, or of a particular aspect of your current activity (e.g., “I’m learning how to do this”).

Sense of Self-Worth

Martial arts are also a great way to develop your sense of self-worth. You are a unique individual, capable of achieving anything you put your mind to. Martial arts can help build confidence in yourself and make you feel good about who you are as an individual.

You may think that it’s impossible for someone like yourself to be successful at something like martial arts, but martial arts teaches us how important it is for us all to believe in ourselves and our abilities no matter what obstacles come our way!

Morals and Ethics

The martial arts teach you to be respectful, honest, and responsible.

In martial arts, you are taught to listen to your teachers and learn from them. You also learn that it is important not only to respect others but also yourself as a person. When you are in training for an event like karate or jujitsu, there are many coaches who will help guide you along the way so that you can achieve what they want for themselves as well as for other members of their team or school. You should always strive towards being respectful towards all people around you—whether it’s someone new at your school or someone who has been practicing martial arts longer than yourself (both may feel awkward having conversations with each other). It’s important because martial artists often have very competitive mindsets which could lead them down a path where they don’t want others’ opinions on what their goals should be; instead these individuals need someone else telling them how far ahead or behind they really are in terms of skill level compared against another competitor—and this type of feedback can only come from someone who knows exactly how good each individual feels about himself/herself right now!

Self-Defense and Anti-bullying

Martial arts are a great way to learn self-defense and how to use your body as a weapon. The difference between boxing and martial arts is that boxing is more focused on striking, while martial arts focus on kicks and punches. Martial arts also help you develop confidence; it’s easy for people who are not confident in themselves to feel threatened by someone who is confident in their own abilities.

Martial artists often have trouble with bullies because they tend to be bigger than the bully, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t any room for improvement! If you train hard enough, those bullies won’t stand a chance when someone comes along who knows what they’re doing!

Another benefit of martial arts is discipline: practicing every day can make us better at whatever we do whether it’s schoolwork or work outside of school hours such as cooking dinner after practice (which helps me stay healthy too!).

The bottom line is that Martial Arts training provides many benefits that you can carry with you throughout your life.

Martial Arts training provides many benefits that you can carry with you throughout your life.

  • Self-discipline: You will learn how to control your body in a way that helps build self-discipline, which is the foundation of any successful life. If you don’t have self-discipline, then it will be very difficult for you to succeed in anything else in life besides martial arts.
  • Self-respect: When we respect ourselves and our ability to achieve goals on our own terms, we feel good about ourselves as people and are less likely to become victims of other people who lack respect for others or themselves (or both). This leads us towards healthier relationships with friends/family members because they know where they stand with us when things go wrong!
  • Self-confidence: Confidence comes from knowing what works best for us without having someone tell us how much better they think we should be doing something instead; instead just try something different until something works well enough then stick with it forever after no matter what anyone else says otherwise – even if others say there’s no point trying anything new again because everything has already been tried before so why bother trying anything else at all…try harder next time!”

Conclusion

As you can see, martial arts are not just for kids. They are an excellent way to get in shape and learn new skills that will help you throughout your life. Want to know more about how beneficial Martial Arts is?

Check out the Deadly Art of Survival Convention happening this September 10th and get your copies of Deadly Art of Survival Magazine if you don’t have them yet! 

We look forward to creating history with you!

Gene LeBell, Famed Stuntman and “Godfather of Grappling,” Dies at 89

A martial artist and judo champion, he taught Bruce Lee, fought in an early mixed martial arts fight, and served as an inspiration for a Tarantino character.

World-famous wrestling, judo, and stuntman Gene LeBell trained popular figures such as Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne. He also appeared in Hollywood movies which served as inspiration for Brad Pitt’s role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He died at the age of 89.

LeBell’s Trustee and Business Manager, Kellie Cunningham, confirmed that LeBell died Tuesday morning at his residence in Sherman Oaks.

Gene LeBell, affectionately known as the “Godfather of Grappling” and “Judo” Gene LeBell is a two-time AAU national judo champion. On top of that, he taught his masterful submission techniques to many notable martial artists including Lee, Chuck Norris, World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and many, many others.

Ivan Gene LeBell was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 9, 1932. His mother, Aileen Eaton, promoted fights at the Olympic Auditorium and was the first woman inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

LeBell moved to Japan to study judo and won U.S. titles in the 1950s before segueing to pro wrestling, learning the art of catch wrestling (a grappling style) from Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Lou Thesz, and Karl Gotch.  

From 1962-82, he ran the Los Angeles territory of the National Wrestling Alliance with his brother Mike.

He authored more than 12 books, including Gene LeBell’s Grappling World — The Encyclopaedia of Finishing Holds, Gene LeBell’s Handbook of Judo, Pro-Wrestling Finishing Holds, and The Grappling Club Master, and filmed his techniques for instructional videos.

DEADLY ART OF SURVIVAL LEGENDS: Demetrius Angelo

Demetrius Angelo, born in our Nation’s Capital in the 1960’s among the residue of the Civil Rights Movement. During this time, his father was one of the first Blacks to integrate the Washington D.C Metropolitan Police Department which meant “Trouble” was not an option . In 1973, Demetrius began playing “Little League” sports and credits it as the catalyst for his interest in playing sports. He believes the sport taught him discipline and the importance of healthy living. It all started back in 1975 when Demetrius saw Bruce Lee on TV. Immediately he told his dad that he wanted to do “That”. So his dad took him down to the local Boys Club where the rest of Demetrius’ journey in the Martial Arts would start. The Korean art of Tang Soo Do was the initial Martial Art taught at the Boys Club and it was there he developed his love for Kicking. In 1979, Demetrius was introduced to Master Donald S. Bitanga of the American Asian Combat System, where he learned several styles of Martial Arts – including: Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Kobayoshi Karate, American Free Style Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Chinese Boxing, Western Boxing, Largo DeMano Escrima and Kobudo. Demetrius obtained his 1st Degree Black Belt at 16 and began student-teaching at the dojo which birthed in him a love and zeal for teaching.

The seventies was an incredible decade for Black film actors because it marked the first time they were the heroes on the silver screen. With the emergence of pioneers such as Grand Master Ron Van Clief (the first Black person in Chinese Kung Fu films) and people like Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson tearing up the silver screen here in the States, it’s no surprise that Demetrius caught the bug to be an Action Star!

At 17, Demetrius moved to New York City to attend college and pursue his desire to perform in Action Films! NYC quickly became familiar to Demetrius, as his mother was born in the Bronx. Demetrius steadfastly resumed his study of the Martial Arts meeting such greats as Masters Andre “Ice Man” Brown, Dwayne Sudan Thomas and Malcolm Livingston of the Wolf Fox Fighting System now known as DFT. It was in 1991 that Demetrius would get very close to his film icons Bruce Lee and Steven Segal when he was introduced to Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu by Master Keith Maza and Sifu Dr. Gary Young and at that same time he also met the late Grand Master Bob Bute of the Jukido Jiu Jitsu, Grand Master David Jones of Grizzmatic Touch Ryu Jiu Jitsu and Grand Master Florend M Visitacion (Professor Vee) of Vee Arnis Jitsu. Training with these Masters, Demetrius increased vastly in his knowledge of Aikido, Judo, Jiu Jitus, Arnis and Wing Chun in which he credits as the foundation of his own art Scientific Tactical Defense along with Karate, Kobudo and Firearms Tactics.

Demetrius used the lessons he learned in martial arts and applied them to his career in Fitness. As a Personal Group Fitness Instructor, he developed his own fitness brand, C4 Intense Training.

Demetrius appeared in his first Independent Action films in 1994 and in 1996 met “The Black Dragon” Ron Van Clief on set, who was instrumental in guiding Demetrius to his first national advertisement campaign for HBO.

Demetrius Angelo was a stunt performer in the Luke Cage episodes Suckas Need Bodyguards and Now You’re Mine.

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. 

Is Facebook Discriminating Against Users in Today’s World? Deadlyartofsurvival.com Says They Just Might Be!

One of The Deadly Art of Survival’s followers woke up to a notification on Facebook saying that his post have gone against community guidelines and that they would be removed from Facebook.

All of the companies posts are being removed completely off of Facebook. Dating back to September 2021.

DOAS Magazine or Deadlyartofsurvival.com is known for having the #1 Martial Arts Magazine on Amazon. The brand makes 98% of their revenue off of Facebook alone now having their content blocked and restricted access cuts down that stream of revenue to zero. Due to their enormous following on Instagram and Facebook, a lot of their post and content are constantly posted on all social media platforms. They receive thousands of likes, comments, and views on a daily basis, and have an extremely supportive following.

Being a black owned brand that incorporates all races, isn’t easy. Their business is run out of their homes, and having an income source cut off abruptly, makes things 10 times more difficult.

Companies like Facebook make billions of dollars per year, so how could they just shut off a pipeline that monetarily supports families and uplifts Martial Artists that have done amazing things for their communities.

In some instances, your banned for a couple of days, but in this case, all of their content for the past year has been removed. Followers who have also shared their content have also had their posts removed as well. Even threatened with account suspension, all for being supportive?

DAOS’s 6th Edition Magazine Featuring Wesley Snipes.

We’ve seen cases like this before, in the flooding of black owned towns. To simply remove their existence in such a disastrous way and control who gets to pass on generational wealth. You can’t help to compare the two, especially since it bares similarities in what’s going on right now. From Black owned stores being burned down, red lining, Black history being removed from textbooks. Answer me this. Is it possible for discrimination to go on behind the scenes of social media? Almost to sort of control who gets engagement, If so, this definitely needs to be addressed. Let us know in the comments.

Peter “Sugarfoot” Cunningham | Legends You Should Know About Pt.3

Sugar Foot is a retired Canadian 7-time World Champion Hall of Fame kickboxer, boxer, martial artist, actor and author. Rated by experts as one of the greatest full contact fighters of all time, Sugarfoot was a superb technician who possessed high fighting I.Q. and lightning speed.

Peter “Sugar Foot” Cunningham

He retired from kickboxing in 1996[4] with a record of 50-1-1, having avenged the only draw of his career but only one defeated Peter, the undefeated Richard Sylla at the WKA World Title in Paris.

Appeared in the film No retreat No surrender with Jean Claude Van Damme

As well as the blockbuster hit The Fighter

Cunningham’s skills in the ring have been praised by many martial arts legends, including Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Chuck Norris, Dan Inosanto, Rigan Machado, Don “The Dragon” Wilson

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. 

Get your tickets for the convention here: https://deadlyartofsurvival.com/pages/tickets

Think Like a Martial Artist: As told by Deadly Art of Survival Magazine

Martial arts have a way of helping you deal with life and its challenges. They teach you to face them head-on, which isn’t always easy but can be rewarding if done right. While there are many different styles of martial arts out there, they all share one thing in common: they’re all about being able to control your emotions and use them to your advantage when needed. Deadly Art of Survival shared important principles of the Martial Arts and how you can apply it to your everyday life.

Embrace change

Change is inevitable. Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is challenging and exciting. It can be scary, but it’s also a good thing! The Martial Arts are a living art form that changes with the times and adapt to new situations as they arise in our world today – this means that you will always be learning something new from your training every day, even after many years of study or practice under one master teacher or another.”

Learn to love the grind

In life, we all have to learn to love the grind. It’s not easy and it won’t come easy. But if you want something in life, then you have to work for it!

The same goes for martial arts: if you want to be a great martial artist, then there will be times when your training will feel like nothing but hard work and frustration. But remember this important fact: when all else fails…the only way out is through!

The “why” matters

The “why” is what drives you to be better. It’s the reason behind your training, and it’s what keeps you going when things get tough. The “why” should be greater than the “how”, because if there’s no reason for improvement, then why bother?

The “why” is also why they use words like “legend” and “survivalist” in the magazine—because legends are legends for a reason! These people have accomplished something great; they are legends because they lived their lives with purpose and passion. They weren’t content with just surviving; they wanted more out of life than just surviving another day… They were driven by their vision of how things could be made better through hard work and determination rather than fear or apathy (the latter two being common responses when faced with challenges).

Remain humble

  • Remain humble.
  • Don’t let your ego get in the way of your success.
  • Ask for help when you need it, and don’t be afraid to admit that something doesn’t work or is not working as planned. This will help others progress faster than they would if they were stuck trying to figure out how things worked on their own.* Be humble in victory and defeat; don’t brag about yourself or others who have achieved great things (unless it’s someone else’s business). If someone asks what happened during an event—and there are plenty of situations where this could happen—tell them! But also remember that these stories belong only to those who shared them with you first.* Don’t be afraid to admit when something isn’t working well enough yet; ask questions instead of making assumptions based solely on past experiences alone (or worse yet—false assumptions).

Surround yourself with greatness

If you want to be great, surround yourself with greatness.

Greatness can come from anyone, and it doesn’t matter if they’re in your field or not. You can learn from anyone and everyone, even if they aren’t in your field!

Control your attitude

  • Be positive.
  • Don’t let bad days get to you.
  • Don’t be afraid to be wrong or try new things and fail.
  • Ask questions when you don’t understand something, but also don’t be afraid of asking for help if needed!

Find balance

In order to find balance, you must first know what it means. Balance is the ability to maintain a steady equilibrium between two opposing forces or entities. For example, if there are two objects on your desk, such as a pen and an apple, one will be attracted to the other and therefore want them both in its possession at all costs—even if that means destroying everything else in its path! But if there were only one object (like say a pen) then we wouldn’t need another person who also wanted this same thing because both could just focus on getting it themselves rather than fighting over who gets what first.”

The best way we can describe what this means for us as martial artists is through our own experiences: We have learned over time that sometimes competing with others may not always be beneficial or even possible when putting yourself first – but trying harder still doesn’t guarantee success either! So instead of struggling against each other during training sessions or competitions (which only leads us further away from achieving our goals), let’s learn how important finding balance truly is; maybe then one day soon everyone around us will understand why I say “I’m not going anywhere?”

Trust your instincts and training

You should trust your instincts and training. Trust the experience you’ve had so far, trust your body, mind, and spirit. Trust yourself to know what is right for you at all times.

Trust your intuition too! Your gut feeling will tell you when something feels off or not quite right about a situation, or even if someone is lying to you or trying to trick/trickery themselves into believing something different than reality (I know from experience).

Be fearless

Fear is a natural part of life. It’s good. It keeps you safe, which is one of the things that most people want in this world. But fear can also be bad, and when it stops you from doing things that are important to you—that’s when things get tricky.

You see, it’s easy to be afraid when something bad happens: maybe there was a fire and your house burned down; maybe someone close to us died from an illness, or maybe our child was hit by a car while walking home from school one day (this last example happened). But what about the times when we don’t think anything terrible will happen at all? We just want some ice cream before bedtime! Well…maybe not so fast…it turns out that even if there isn’t any immediate danger looming over our heads (or belly), these small moments still have consequences for our lives long after they’ve passed into memory-land if we don’t take action immediately upon hearing about them first hand from someone else who witnessed firsthand how terrible our actions were during those brief moments before being forced into hiding afterward where nobody could find us because nobody knew where exactly they went off too thus preventing us from ever coming back out again ever again no matter how hard everyone tries hunting them down relentlessly through all means necessary until finally realizing what happened years later after becoming aware once again after having forgotten everything except one thing which remained constant throughout all time periods: death itself.”

Be the best you can be. Put change into perspective. Understand the grind. Know why you’re doing it and if it’s worth it, do it with sincerity and humility, surround yourself with people who push you to be great, control your attitude so you don’t let bad days get to you, and find balance in all aspects of life, trust yourself and don’t stop moving forward.

This is the mindset of those who have made it to the top. They know what they’re doing, but they also know that everyone else has a different story and journey. They understand that everyone has their own path, so they don’t judge anybody or make assumptions about others’ abilities or aspirations.

They recognize that there are no shortcuts in life; every step forward requires hard work, dedication, and sacrifice—and sometimes failure along the way as well! In this case, failure can only be learned through experience gained from making mistakes along the way (which leads me to my next point).

The key thing here is attitude: Be positive when things aren’t going well; surround yourself with people who push you towards greatness instead of negativity because negative people usually drag others down too – which will lead us back around again…

Conclusion

As we close out this article, I want to share with you that Martial Arts will never be easy. You will always have ups and downs in your journey but that’s what makes it so great! So long as you keep working hard and keep believing in yourself, then there is no limit to how far you can go!

If you find that these principles are helping you in your life, then great! Deadly Art of Survival Magazine encourages everyone to keep practicing them as often as possible. The best way to stay on top of them is by keeping mindful of them and reminding yourself when they need attention.

Read more about Martial Arts in Deadly Art of Survival Magazine.

Legends you should know about Pt. 2: Demetrius “The Greek” Havanas

Demetrius Havanas born 1950, Texas died July 1981, Tennessee, known as ‘The Golden Greek’, was a 3rd degree karate black belt and kickboxer.

He won over 90 consecutive tournaments in forms and fighting competition, and won 13 grand championships in 1971. He was ranked in the top ten of American Karate fighters between 1971 and 1975.

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Legends You Should Know About | Billye Jackson vs Benny “The Jet” Urquidez

Billye Jackson, a retired Pro Fighter who had an amazing 22-2 record.

Former Welterweight Kickboxing Champion of the world.

Known for beating Benny the Jet Urquidez hands down but the decision was later ruled a no contest.

Highlights of Billye Jackson Pro kickboxer.

Trained under Demetrius “The Greek” Havana’s Who we will also be talking about down the line. But for now enjoy some highlights of Billye Jackson.

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