Martial Arts’ biggest stars rally to support COVID-19 frontline responders in worldwide virtual teaching benefit
Black Belt Magazine and Combat Go, in association with Bellator MMA, announced today Fight Back, a virtual martial arts training event featuring the world’s biggest Martial Artists, raising funds for the benefit of American Red Cross relief efforts, directly providing support for medical professionals on the frontlines of the pandemic.
The weeklong virtual event will take place on Black Belt Magazine’s Facebook page on May 4th to 8th. Each day covers over 8 hours of instruction from an A-list line up of world champions, trainers, and legends, including leading instructor Billy Blanks, Bill Wallace, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy, and Rickson Gracie. The event also includes the Facebook premiere of exclusive interviews featuring martial arts superstars Dan Inosanto, Michael Jai White, Carlos Machado, Demetrious Johnson, and more.
The seminars will replay the following week on Black Belt Magazine’s YouTube channel and Combat Go, a free digital TV channel that is available on Roku Channel, Xumo, Jungo SBS, and Stirr in the United States.
“The martial arts industry is in a unique position to help give back to healthcare professionals and first responders on the frontlines during these unprecedented times,” says Michael Dillard, President of Black Belt Magazine. “With martial artists everywhere taking their classes to online formats, we jumped at this opportunity to help inspire those in quarantine with words of wisdom and at-home techniques from some of the top practitioners around the world.”
“During these uncertain times, it gives us hope to see how people all over the world are finding new and innovative ways to stay connected,” said George Chung, former World Karate Champion, CEO and co-founder of Jungo TV. We are honoured to be part of this global martial arts experience Fight Back with our partners Black Belt Magazine, Bellator, and Ellis Island Honours Society to support the American Red Cross in the global fight to end COVID-19.”
Donations will be made in cooperation with the Ellis Island Honours Society. 100% of the proceeds will go to relief efforts, directly supporting the American Red Cross.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a retired MMA fighter and Kickboxer.