Archive for John Scida

Karl Jenkins’ Comment

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle
Left to Right: Karl Jenkins, myself, Tony Marichal. Front: have a guess.

Left to Right: Karl Jenkins, myself, Tony Marichal.
Front: have a guess.

Taken from facebook: Continue reading

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Jenk Behic’s Comment

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , on June 18, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle

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I am posting the responses from principals as entries in their own right, in order that they are easily viewed and don’t disappear down the bottom of the article itself.

I tried to find a genuine bio to introduce Jenk in terms of achievements, but could only find this on a forum. Continue reading

Mark ‘The Hammer’ Castagnini

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle

Castagnini commentary

Mark Castagnini is one of the key players in Australian Thai boxing. Beginning his career as a fighter, he went through traditional martial arts before taking up Thai boxing almost by accident and discovering that it bought him to the ultimate test of his training. From there, he has been involved with developing and disseminating the sport at every level, editing International Kickboxer Magazine, working as a commentator alongside Michael Schiavello on Foxsports, promoting events and running his own martial arts academy, Hammer’s Gym. Mark spends a little time telling us about his passion for the sport, what its Australian roots are and the directions the branches are moving in. Continue reading

Anthony 'The Hitman' Vella

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

Anthony ‘The Hitman’ Vella was one of the outstanding fighters of early Australian Muay Thai. He had twenty fights for nineteen wins; his only loss coming via injury while fighting Paul ‘The Hurricane’ Briggs for a super-middleweight world title. Before I met him, I walked past this picture every day on my way into the gym.  Continue reading

Family Business – Josh Scida

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

“I started fighting when I was eighteen, but I’ve been training since forever.” Continue reading

Jason Tramsek: The Next Big Thing?

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , on September 12, 2010 by Jarrod Boyle

 

International Kickboxer, Vol.18, No.1

‘He just fought New Zealand’s Chris Johnston and completely dominated him. Got an early TKO. He’s tall, awkward and strong. Wins in that devastating fashion you expect from a champion. It really was an impressive performance… you don’t often see such domination of a proven fighter, and of course he’s only young…’

If you google Jason Tramsek, quotations like this abound. He is the much-hyped protégé of John Scida, the trainer responsible for champions such as Chris Chrisopoulides, Anthony Vella and Jenk Behic. Jason grew up around these guys, starting to train casually at ten years old. “I started off playing soccer,” Jason says, “but I was a bit ‘rough’. So my Dad thought he better take me to do something a little more suitable.” Continue reading

World Champion of the Western Suburbs

Posted in Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by Jarrod Boyle

I called the editor of Inside Sport Magazine, Graem Sims, to pitch him a story about a famous Australian kickboxer a month or so ago. I felt that being published in Inside Sport would be a real coup; the magazine features some of the highest-quality writing you can buy on a newsstand. It also sets a benchmark for what Australians view as quality sport. I rang his Sydney office and left a message, and to my considerable surprise, he promptly rang me back. Continue reading

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