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Legendary martial artist Sonny Chiba passes away at 82 due to COVID complications

Japanese actor and legendary martial artist Shin’ichi “Sonny” Chiba, who inspired countless film icons including director Quentin Tarantino, passed away at the age of 82. 

What happened: On Thursday, Chiba’s management company announced that Chiba, an action superstar popularly known for his role in “Kill Bill,” had passed away due to complications with COVID-19, according to NPR.

What Martial Artists Had to Sacrifice To Compete On An Elite Level

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There is an almost unimaginable level of skill required to compete in mixed martial arts on an elite level. The competitors are highly-trained in a variety of martial arts. The level of athleticism in the cage presents a challenge to the participants on both sides.

As on point as the top mixed martial artists have to be in a match, that display fans see during a bout is just the finished product. Before that, each of them are required to make serious sacrifices during their preparations.