Vol. 8, No. 7, 50 cents
The 80th issue of Black Belt was dated August 1970. It was 66 pages long and featured a color photo of Bobby Burbidge, Pat Johnson and John Thawley (left to right) on the cover.
(Note: Back issues showcased in From the Archives are not available for purchase.)
• During a visit to Hong Kong, Bruce Lee is surprised to see himself in reruns of The Green Hornet—with a dubbed-in Chinese voice.
• Dojo wars heat up in Chicago, where students of the Black Cobra Hall of Kung Fu Kempo and the House of (Count) Dante rumble. One man is stabbed to death, and another sustains a severe eye injury.
• Black Belt begins selling posters of its most popular cover paintings. Measuring 25 inches by 31 inches, they go for $1.95 apiece.
• Defending himself against accusations that the talent level at his tournaments isn’t quite up to par, Aaron Banks fires back with a list of fighters who’ve done battle in his Big Apple show: Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, Wally Slocki, Louis Delgado, Skipper Mullins, Ray Martin and so on.
• The progenitor of the modern training dummy—a headless, armless canvas cylinder with legs and a reinforced crotch—hits the market at $55.95.
• At the Second Jayhawk Karate Tournament, Walt Lang endures a knockout and six stitches.
• Korean Airlines begins stationing a judo expert on every overseas flight in an effort to prevent another hijacking by North Korean agents.
• In his critique of karate tournaments, future Black Belt Hall of Fame member Pat Johnson opines: “The audience and officials might overlook the first point scored because it happens so fast. Too often, the second point is landed only because of a reflex action. Then the first point is forgotten.”
• John Saxon, future co-star of Enter the Dragon, switches from karate to tai chi chuan.
• The 1970 National AAU Judo Championships in Anaheim, California, attract nearly 3,000 spectators and competitors. Standouts include Hayward Nishioka, Allen Coage and Pat Burris.
• Following a campaign against TV violence, ABC’s Wide World of Sports discontinues its coverage of martial arts tournaments.
• Life magazine estimates that the number of female judoka in the United States has risen from 500 to 20,000 in the past decade.
• Joe Lewis takes the grand championship at the 1970 Southeast U.S. Open Karate Championship.