Archive for the Observation Category

Kafka’s Mouse and Bukowski’s Bluebird

Posted in Fiction, Observation, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

Book maze

I read Kafka’s The Trial earlier in the year, and it was a boring read that paid off in a big way by the end. Continue reading

Autobiography of a Loser

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle


A lot of people think Charles Bukowski’s Ham on Rye is his best novel. Continue reading

Fighting Words

Posted in Kickboxing, Observation, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

Island kick shot

First published in Island Magazine, Issue 136.

There are two things I am driven to do: write and fight. Continue reading


Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing, Observation, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle


“What a night. What can I say? Badr Hari is an animal. I was just too banged up to keep going. To my loving wife Silvia, my now-two little girls; you keep me strong.
“To my friends who have always been there for me, thank-you as you are all awesome. To my students at IMC Prospect: train hard and always do your best. Last, but not least, my fans; from the Kyokushin and Kempo karate people and the BJJ, MMA, Boxing And kickboxing fans who follow me and even the ones who do not or cannot, thank-you from the bottom of my heart.

“You are all part of who I am.”

Post-fight dedication from Peter Graham, taken from facebook, 30/05/14

I logged a post about Ben Edwards previously to this. I was assigned to interview him for the most recent International Kickboxer Magazine and, towards the end of our conversation, he came out with something profound. Continue reading

Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go

Posted in Kickboxing, Observation, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , on May 30, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

Ben Edwards with his trainer jamie McCuaig, behind the scenes at Glory 16.

“Why do I fight? I had a great childhood; I’m not an angry person, but I love fighting. Maybe it’s genetic. As a kid, I had big self-esteem problems, connected to my weight. Sure, that’s part of it. But there’s more to it than that. Continue reading

‘Sometimes… you cannot win. But that has nothing to do with losing.”

Posted in Observation, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle


“Where there’s discomfort there’s fear… in these very tough positions, you’re in a little piece of hell. And through this daily suffering you learn to survive in these situations. You have to find comfort in uncomfortable situations. You have to be able to live in your worst nightmare.

“Jiu Jitsu puts you completely in the moment where you must have complete focus on finding a solution to the problem. This trains the mind to build that focus, to increase your awareness, your capacity to solve problems. Sometimes, you don’t have to win. You cannot win. But that has nothing to do with losing.”

- Rickson Gracie.

A Jerry-Rig of Presumption and Dumb Will

Posted in Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Reading, Real Men on April 22, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle


“But who is that on the other side of you?”

-T.S. Eliot,

The Waste Land.

For seven of its eight episodes, the first season of True Detective was some of the best television I have seen to date. I prefer to forget the final episode because it was so shithouse, but that’s another story. The series really hits its straps at the end of episode 3 with Rustin Cohle’s monologue, visible here.

The show has the three features present in all ‘great’ films and t.v. shows; Continue reading

Patron Saint

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men, Statement of intention on March 23, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle


“When I came home: on the abyss of the five senses, where a flat sided steep frowns over the present world, I saw a mighty Devil folded in black clouds, hovering on the sides of the rock, with corroding fires he wrote the following sentence now perceived by the minds of men, & read by them on earth.

How do you know but ev’ry Bird that cuts the airy way,
Is an immense world of delight, clos’d by your senses five?”

- William Blake,

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Thought for the Day

Posted in Love letters, Observation, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags on March 14, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle


“If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy. Truth is, everybody’s going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”

-Bob Marley, That canny old Rastafarian.

Thanks to Chris Tate for putting me on to this one.


Posted in Observation, Writing with tags , , , , on March 13, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

Cover-Island-136-e1394515816623I have contributed an essay to this edition of Island Magazine on the relationship between writing and fighting called, ‘Fighting Words’.

This is the longest feather in my cap so far. Legitimate publication!

You can check it out here:

Or buy the magazine at Readings Bookstores.



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