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When President Donald Trump made a speech at a campaign rally in Alabama on Friday, Susan Moedinger had no idea that it would hurt her business in Lancaster a few days later.

Moedinger is the owner of Steel City Sports in the Rockvale Outlets. She has owned the store, which sells, Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Pitt Panther gear, for the last four years, and has never seen anything like the response she has seen to most of the Pittsburgh Steelers choosing to stay in the locker room during the national anthem Sunday.

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With James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata already off the squad, Zinedine Zidane now needs to devise a plan to cover for the 31 times they scored for Real Madrid last season. Twenty-three of those goals happened in La Liga during the several occasions in which both players, key components of Real Madrid’s “B team,” shone against mid-to-lower table opposition.

League championships are often won by not dropping points against those type of teams, so the loss of two unhappy, but very productive, players — with another demanding season in the making and a manager who believes in rotating as much as possible — will be sorely felt.

The first alternative would consist of an increase in minutes — and hopefully, goals scored — for some squad members who had limited chances to play last season. The first name that comes to mind is Marco Asensio, scorer of only three goals in the past term and who has enjoyed just over 1,000 minutes.

Of course, Asensio’s numbers should improve as his importance to the team increases, but he’s not a natural scorer. During the 2015-16 season in Espanyol he managed to score only four times in almost 3,000 minutes of football, though he assisted teammates on 10 other goals. It could be expected that the immensely skilled youngster would get close to James’ eight La Liga goals next season, but he won’t be anywhere near Morata’s 15.

Lucas Vazquez disappointed many last term, but should also see his playing time increase after the summer with the current squad configuration. Similar to Asensio, he’s not a prolific striker, but two goals in almost 1,400 La Liga minutes look well below what the young Galician should deliver.

Of course, more should be also expected from Karim Benzema. In his case, the low numbers have nothing to do with lack of playing time, but with his finishing. Always complimented because of the way he understands Cristiano Ronaldo’s game, Real Madrid’s No. 9 should score more than 11 times in 29 La Liga matches, even if he defers to Ronaldo in certain situations.

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The Men’s Fitness cover star is gearing up for the third installment in the action franchise, which expects to start filming in fall 2017.

The former Men’s Fitness cover star went through an extensive training period for the film, working on a tactical gun range with actual weapons, doing fight choreography with the stunt coordinator, and even getting behind the wheel to get comfortable with the film’s (many) driving stunts.

Reeves is not stranger to working hard on his training for film roles: Back when Reeves portrayed Neo in the Matrix trilogy, he went through months of martial arts training to prepare for that film’s extensive stunt work.

Reeves likely will be getting ready to do it all over again soon, as John Wick 3 appears to be on the fast track to production. Chad Stahelski, director of the second film, told Collider that the story is in the works, and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Derek Kolstad, who wrote the first two films, is back for the third installment.

Stahelski later gave another update to the Independent, saying that the third film could be a “completion” of Wick’s story and that the story will dive more into Wick’s backstory: “We are going to put in something about the High Table, how that all works,” Stahelski said. “We’re going to put in something about where John comes from, and where he wants to go. I don’t want to say too much more, but it will be a nice completion to Mr. Wick’s journey.” (Could that mean that John Wick 3 will be the final film in the series? Time will tell, but it’s not likely as long as the reviews and box office scores are so good.)

Here’s a look at Reeves working on fight training for the film:

Reeves takes on tactical training for the movie in these two videos:


Former first lady Michelle Obama has a passion for fitness. During her reign as first lady, Michelle Obama brought about the “Let’s Move” campaign for health and physical fitness. Now, the former first lady can be seen laying down some combinations on a heavy bag.

In the video below, from 2015, Michelle Obama can be seen drilling through her workout routine for the “Let’s Move” campaign. Included in the routine, Michelle Obama can be seen working a heavy bag with a few kickboxing combinations.

For the full routine, see the video below.


When it comes to karate masters who embody ever facet of the martial arts: it doesn’t get much better than Mr. Miyagi. Self control, discipline, and only wrecking someone’s s**t when they totally deserve it.

That kind of stern love, care, and dedication is what a true karate master must embody in order to become as respected and effective as Miyagi. Otherwise, you’re just another chump in a karate gi who’s trying to stroke their own ego and get a few kids from the neighborhood on your subscription plan.

But that hasn’t stopped deluded and self-proclaimed “karate masters” from going out into the world and convincing people their hot stuff. Trouble is, when it comes to fighting, it’s pretty clear to see in two seconds whether or not you’ve got skills. And these guys possess no skills whatsoever.

1. The “No touch” martial arts master tries his intimidating BS on an actual fighter and, well, it goes exactly like you’d expect.

This guy convinced people he could beat them only with the power of his mind – he’s a master of deflection who mastered the art of no one being able to hit him. Apparently, there’s at least one person in the world who can. Ryuken the “Psychic” bet Iwakura Goh $5,000 he would beat him in a fight using only his mind. He not only loses the fight, but the cash as well.

2. This Taekwondo Instructor who can’t even break a board.

Not only does he not break it – he ends up kicking in the air and hitting a girl in the head with it, making her cry. Yeah.

3. This Brazilian Jiu Jitsu “expert” who claims to have a black belt from a prestigious team gets called out by head instructor of that prestigious team.

The Jay Querioz saga is an interesting one. Jay was not only a whack martial artist, but a whack instructor and an absolute conman. Plus, I’d see that the second someone walked into a dojo with their black belt wrapped around their t-shirt and shorts.

4. This Fake Black Belt tried to train at a gym filled with UFC Champions.

There was a time when Blackhouse MMA guys pretty much ruled the UFC. Lyoto Machida, former Light Heavyweight Champ and Anderson Silva, former longtime Middleweight champion of the world, had insane sparring sessions there, along with former featherweight champion of the world Jose Aldo (who’s only ever lost two times in his career and is an absolute savage). And this guy thought it would be a great idea to pretend like he was a black belt at this gym where the best of the best train. Wonderful.

Ruben Alvarez the BJJ black belt, instructor, and competitor gives more context to the incident in a video below.

5. The Legit Karate Champion who made up a BS “no-touch” knockout.

George Dillman was a national karate 4 years in a row. He trained with Bruce Lee. He trained with Muhammad  Ali. He is a 10th degree black belt. The man is an amazing pioneer and karate legend in his own right. He might’ve gone a little loopy over time, however, because he had people convinced he could knock people out without even touching them. He couldn’t use his “Qi” power to knock anyone out on camera in front of a National Geographic camera team. He tried to explain his failure as best as he could.

 “The skeptic was a totally non-believer. Plus — I don’t know if I should say that on film — but if the guy had his tongue in the wrong position in the mouth, that can also nullify it [Qi power]. You can nullify it — you can nullify a lot of things. In fact, you can nullify it if you raise those two big toes! If I say I’m going to knock you out, and you raise one toe, and push one toe down… I can’t knock you out. And then, if I go to try again, you reverse it. If you keep doing this, I won’t knock you out.”




Are colored belts the worst thing to happen to martial arts?

Grapplearts Founder Stephan Kesting thinks so. Belts can not only become an obsession for people (“Why didn’t I get my blue belt? I almost tapped out a blue belt!”) but they put a huge target on your back. When you get ranked up to blue belt, all of the white belts want to tap you. When you get your purple, all of the white belts and blue belts want to tap you.

Furthermore, if you focus on your belt, you might quit after you get your belt. Why shouldn’t you? You’ve achieved your goals, haven’t you? You set out to be a BJJ black belt. Now you have it, so why not just quit?

That’s not to say Stephan doesn’t understand the purpose of belts. They not only give you a sense of external validation for your accomplishments, but they give your instructor an idea of what you should know.

But belts are simply to be wrapped around the waist, not for us to be wrapped up in.

Stop obsessing over that next rank. Instead, continue learning as much as you can and recognize that martial arts are a lifelong journey, not a destination.


Why do you never see martial arts manifest in a life and death survival situation where the attacker catches it’s victim by surprise? Tony Blauer contends that the ability to thwart an attacker intent on killing you is already built inside all of us. Hard to believe. Watch the entire video and leave us a comment!

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