The Selfie

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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The little prince went away again to visit the roses.

“You’re not at all like my rose, you’re nothing at all yet,” he said. “No one has tamed you and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand others. But I made him my friend, and now he is unique in the world.”

And the roses were very much embarrassed. Continue reading

“Sometimes, the riff is so fucking good you want to hear it over and over again for fifty-two minutes.”

Posted in Music, Real Men, Ridiculous curiosity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Even the name of the band, ‘Sleep’, is redolent of one bong too many. Continue reading

Skills to Pay the Bills: Wes Capper

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Wes Capper has a lot to say about a lot of different things, but on one subject, he is unequivocal:

“I want to win a world boxing title.” Continue reading

Reality-Based Self Defence: Scenario Training – 5

Posted in Journalism, Real Men with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, September 2014 Vol. 28. No.9

“Competition sport has protected us from the ugly reality,” says Tim. “Last I checked, the UFC has 31 rules, and 27 of them are pertaining to injury to the human body. Continue reading

Reality-Based Self Defence: Scenario Training – 4

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, September 2014 Vol. 28. No.9

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a 20th-degree black belt – if I attack you just as you’re getting out of the shower; you won’t do a jump front kick. You will yell, ‘Holy shit!’ and jump back. That is the withdrawal reflex; the recoil from danger.” Continue reading

Reality-Based Self Defence: Scenario Training – 3

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, September 2014 Vol. 28. No.9

Geoff Thompson, father of modern self-defence training, comes from a similar background to Jim Armstrong, having grown up and learned to make a living as a doorman and bouncer on the mean streets of the UK. Continue reading

Reality-Based Self Defence: Scenario Training – 2

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, September 2014 Vol. 28. No.9

“Senshido is not a style or system as such,” begins Jimmy Armstrong, the Glen Waverly-based instructor who also teaches Lee Morrison’s Urban Combatives. “It’s more a collective group of people that really want to help others and we use the vehicle of self-protection to do that. A lot of people seem to think it’s a style [or] system and all we do is shred people and do scenario training to the ‘nth’ degree, but what we do is far bigger than just those two things.” Continue reading

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