Archive for October, 2012

Thought for the Day

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men with tags , on October 28, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle


When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius. Lift up thy head!

Kickboxing Banned in Amsterdam

Posted in Kickboxing with tags , , , on October 27, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

This is old news, but the recently elected mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, has been charged by his constituency with the task of ‘cleaning up the city’. Many people will have heard of this in relation to preventing non-Dutch people going into the city to smoke weed. Van der Laan has also moved to outlaw kickboxing and MMA ‘galas’. Continue reading

Lance Armstrong

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

I feel great sympathy for Lance Armstrong today. Continue reading

Marcel Dragan

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

L to R: Thom Harinck, Marcel, Raul Catinas, and some other dude I don’t recognise.

Marcel Dragan recalls the quotation from William Blake’s ‘Proverbs of Hell’; ‘He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.’ Marcel was the first, and probably the most influential, coach of one of the world’s most talented heavyweight kickboxers, Raul Catinas. This interview provides insight into Raul, as well as Cor Hemmers and Ramon Dekkers, in addition to the culture of Romania and why a hard sport like Muay Thai flourishes under such hard conditions. It’s also a portrait of one of the most unselfish, decent trainers I have met during my involvement with the sport.

Athough, he persists in calling me Jerry.  Continue reading

K1 Rising: Edwards defeats Catinas

Posted in Kickboxing with tags , , , on October 15, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

Just in: Ben Edwards has defeated Raul Catinas by second round TKO. Looks like his trainer, Marcel Dragan, owes me a beer…

Raul Catinas – Ben Edwards' Opponent for the K1 Final Elimination Tournament

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

Ben Edwards will face off against Romanian fighter Raul Catinas at K1 Final Elimination on October 14. Raul and Ben will meet in what I expect to be the most exciting fight on the card; both are big, powerful men with a reputation for big, powerful punches. Both have cut their teeth with previous Final Elimination appearances at which they lost to more experienced opponents. The road is narrowing to a path and Catinas and Edwards are nose-to-nose at the junction.

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Ben Edwards: The Road to the K1 Final 16

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

Ben Edwards, Canberra Kickboxing sensation, ascends the world stage on October 14 to represent Australia at The K1 Final 16. A win at this tournament will secure him a spot to fight for the title of world number one. He tells Jarrod Boyle all about it.  Continue reading

The Dark Satanic Mill – Recreation Gym, South Melbourne

Posted in Observation, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

A gym is like a gothic cathedral; everything from the architecture to the fittings to the music should conspire to project your energy upward. Training is a ritual experience. It’s a celebration of values though action. Continue reading

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