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Category Archive: Professional Karate Magazine
Professional Karate was an American martial arts magazine that was published by Universal Publications Inc out of Oklahoma City. Publisher Mike Anderson hired journalist and writer John Corcoran to produce the first magazine solely devoted to modern, competition based sport karate. At the core of the magazine was Anderson’s Top Ten ratings system that would rank the best competitors in their specific competition domain like freestyle fighting, forms or fullcontact.
The first point fighting tournament with protective gear in the history. Semicontact was born. Howard Jackson becomes Grand Champion.
The first light-heavyweight fullcontact world champions speaks out ahead of his first title defense against Canadian Wally Slocki.
Linda Lee speaks about the death of her husband Bruce, their kids and Kung Fu’s Jeet Kune Do.
The winner and grand champion of the first American sport karate tournament in 1963 speaks about martial arts in this candid interview.
Once protective gear was introduced this huge event created a new fighting sport with fullcontact fighting. The history of American kickboxing started.
Fred Wren showed his superiority in point fighting. The Mardi Gras Open 1974 were one of the first tournaments using Jhoon Rhee”s Safe-T protective gear for semicontact competition.
New York’s martial arts great Ron Van Clief presented in an early feature in Professional Karate magazine.
As tributes were paid to the deceased Bruce Lee one of the greatest point fighting karate tournaments unfolded in Ocean City.
Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. The first time the greats of American tournament karate meet to mourn the death of friend and idol Bruce Lee.
Hundreds of spectators and competitors alike packed into the grand ballroom of Chicago’s luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel to […]
Months of pre-tournament publicity, professional planning, and carnival festivities attract nationwide field of competitors. New Orleans black belt […]
ST. LOUIS : TOP 10 NATIONALS Knudson Wins The Gold Cup, Chicago Dominates National Competition Chicago’s Ken Knudson […]
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO 1973 NATIONAL BLACK BELT GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS By TERRY SMITH DESPITE RAIN, FOG, SLEET, snow, hail […]
ABOUT A YEAR or so ago, Fast Billy Wallace and his lightning left leg went the way of […]
Upstart Comin (left) fooling one the People’s one of the times.
A Candid Interview with: BYONG YONG YU (from 1975) Seoul’s colorful, outspoken donation to American karate pulls no […]
1973 UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIPS: After the preliminary smoke had cleared, 12 contestants had earned their way to a semi-final berth and an eventual chance to meet Los Angeles’ Bob Dunek, defending Grand Champion. “Fast Billy” Wallace Regains Title, Oregon’s Dan Anderson Makes Big Waves
INTRODUCTION IT IS CURIOUS TO NOTE that with all the growth of enthusiasm in Martial Arts, there is […]
JOE LEWIS was born 29 years ago in Raleigh, North Carolina. His father, in addition to being a […]
The kind of dude who makes you respect him. Eddy Everett, the next heavyweight champion in fullcontact karate? (1975)
Superfoot explains how he trains to kick with high speed of 60 mph. He reveals sophisticated body mechanics that work!
The man who moved from Germany to Norway to pioneer the sport of kickboxing (sport karate). Wedde is one of the original founders of WAKO.
The first fullcontact world champion in 1974: Mexican Isaias Duenas inside a candid interview shortly after his spectacular title win.
1977: Benny Urquidez traveld to Japan to meet challenger Okao, an unusually big mouthed Japanese kickboxer. A legendary fight erupted.
An eye-opening interview with karate superstar Bill “Superfoot” Wallace at the prime of his fighting career.
1975: Leading up to the Battle of Atlanta with Joe Corley challenging Bill Wallace in the first professional style fullcontact karate/kickboxing title fight ever.
Karate Champion Chuck Norris talks about what it takes to come to the top.
Bob Wall was a close friend of Bruce Lee’s. This is a short interview in which he talks about Bruce Lee’s personality and his driving skills.
It probably could be a pretty soft life in the foam-rubber world of Jhoon Rhee, the man who […]
Professional Karate magazine honored the best of the martial arts inside their Hall of Fame in the mid-seventies.
Whenever karate men get together and start telling stories about the past, one name that comes up more […]