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Benny Urquidez speaks to John Corcoran at the 2016 Martial Arts SuperShow
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Martial arts journalist John Corcoran creates the first set of national Top-10 ratings for black belt forms competitors
Martial arts journalist John Corcoran creates the first set of national Top-10 ratings for black belt forms competitors, published in the Official Karate Yearbook. Very few women are competing nationally in forms at this time, so these ratings focus exclusively on male competitors with multiple victories in major tournaments. Since most of them hadnt competed against each other, the competitors are listed in alphabetical, not numerical, order. The Top 10 are: Al Dacascos; George Dillman; Eric Lee; Chuck Merriman; Toyotaro Miyazaki; Glenn Premru; Jim Roberts, Jr.; Alex Sternberg; Mike Stone; and Byong Yu.
Karate black belt John Corcoran is hired as the first full-time book editor for Ohara Publications
Karate black belt John Corcoran is hired as the first full-time book editor for Ohara Publications, Black Belts magazines sister company. He edits books written by famous experts Chuck Norris and Fumio Demura, among others. Within months, he crosses over to the companys magazine division as assistant editor of Black Belt and Karate Illustrated, becoming the first black belt-ranked writer on Black Belts staff.