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UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Legacy

UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is undoubtedly considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. He has the record for the longest reign as UFC Lightweight Champion, having held the title since April 2018. He has an undefeated record, with 29 wins and no losses – having one of the longest winning streaks in MMA history.  The announcement of his retirement this year surprised many but has allowed Khabib to retire on his own terms. “It was my last fight,” Nurmagomedov told media, after defeating Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. In July 2020, Khabib’s father, Adulmanap died at just age 57 due to coronavirus-related complications. He was incredibly close to his father, who was an inspiration in his personal and professional life and taught him everything he knew. “I don’t fight for the money. I fight for my legacy. I fight for history. I fight for…

Karate, the ancient martial art taking the world by storm

Karate is a modernized version of an ancient Chinese art known as Kung Fu, however the martial art greatly advanced in Okinawa around the late 17th century, when a ban of weapons was imposed on the Japanese samurai. The Japanese word “karate” means “empty handed” and it is an apt description for this martial art as training by early masters had to be done in secret as weapons could no longer be carried on the island. Self-defense had shifted to being based on empty handed techniques. Watching Tom Cruise’s movie, The Last samurai helps explain the forces behind the demise of the samurai and what led to the ban.

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