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Kyokushin Warrior – Daniel Trifu

Posted in Journalism, Martial Arts, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, January 2015

After a serious accident that nearly claimed his life, Sydney-based Kyokushin Karate sensei Daniel Trifu not only regained his full health, but returned to fight bare-knuckle, full-contact karate and win world-championship silver. Here, JARROD BOYLE tracks the karate journey of the archetypical Kyokushin warrior. 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

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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A Few Questions For Bangin' Ben

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

How was Romania and ‘SuperKombat’, as a promotion? Continue reading

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