Honoring Black History: African American Martial Art Heroes Help Make Martial Arts Mainstream

“I don’t want to be Jim Brown or Fred Williamson,” said Kelly. “I just want to be Jim Kelly and get that first Black manly image on the screen that kids can identify with.”

“There’s a fear of projecting strong black males in Hollywood,” said Kelly “it’s amazing to me.”

“There is really no such thing as the best style or discipline when it comes to self-defense, all disciplines have something valuable to offer and have their flaws,” said Powell in an interview with Denson.

“A student who practices karate will only help to enhance his capabilities if he or she is enrolled in a boxing class, Kung Fu class, Jujitsu or other discipline.”

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