The Marine Corps has decided that its personnel just can't handle the power that comes with being a brown or black belt warrior unless they are at least a non-commissioned officer.
The Corps updated its order for its Martial Arts Program last month, which added in a rank requirement for both belts starting on Oct. 1. Per the new order, Marines will need to be a corporal in order to attain a brown belt, or a sergeant to attain the black belt. In the past, Marines could attain any belt, regardless of rank, as long as they went through the training and passed all the requirements.
MMA and Army veteran Timothy Johnson is a 6’ 3”, 280-lb. force of pure, unadulterated sweetness. The southern Minnesota native, who has been residing in Fargo, North Dakota, since he went up there to wrestle and play college football 11 years ago, epitomizes the term “Minnesota nice.”
A meme unto himself, Chuck Norris holds many accolades from his career in entertainment, martial arts, and roundhouse-kick archiving, but there’s one commendation he’s particularly proud of: the unofficial title “honorary Marine.”
As the relationship between the United States and the Philippines continues to fray, Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte is turning to Moscow for support. And the Russians, who’ve just pledged to supply the Philippines with sophisticated weapons, seem eager to seize the opportunity to draw a longtime ally of the U.S. deeper into its sphere of influence. But rather than breaking bread, the Russians have opted instead to break bricks. Piles of them.