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Hagiography

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

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“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
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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

Heavy Sparring: Yes or No?

Posted in Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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“Well, if you look at my training, if you see my helmet, it is like two inches thick… I got a big nose bar. And… I don’t take head shots. The reason why is that you don’t get paid in the gym – you get training in the gym. I want to save them for in the Octagon, and I think that’s what helps me a lot. Continue reading

Steve McKinnon: Glory Bound

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, September/October, 2013

Steve McKinnon has just come through a difficult twelve months, but he’s feeling good. This year, Steve has had two fights on Glory World Series, the European promotion that has stepped in to fill the vacuum for world-class kickboxing since the demise of the Japanese K1. Continue reading

Gokhan Saki’s Nike Ad

Posted in Kickboxing, Real Men with tags , , on September 20, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle

This Nike ad features Dutch-Turkish kickboxer, Gokhan Saki.

He must be the first kickboxer ever to make it to a Nike ad. It’s proof of how good he is and how big a sport kickboxing is in Turkey.

I am proud to say I knew him when.

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Semmy Schilt: Going to the Mountain

Posted in Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, May/June 2013

Semmy Schilt is one of the most dominant champions in the history of fightsports. Standing at two-meters-twelve-centimeters and weighing somewhere in the vicinity of one-hundred-and-thirty kilos, he towers over not only his opponents, but also, the history of the sport itself. JARROD BOYLE goes to the mountain and comes back with the news. Continue reading

Jamie ‘The Official’ Stamp

Posted in Kickboxing, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle
Revenge of the beard!

Revenge of the beard!

International Kickboxer Magazine, March/April 2013

In Queensland, people grow all kinds of crazy things in their backyards. At Jamie Stamp’s house in Ormeau, it happens to be a kickboxing gym.

“It started off as a small shed down the back of the house,” says Jamie. “Since Anthony [Vella] has come along, the place has grown in leaps and bounds. It’s getting bigger and bigger! We’ve already got six of our regular fighters matched for February, and there’s fifteen or so fighters down there altogether.” Continue reading

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