Archive for Zen Do Kai

Okinawa Calling: Sensei Damien Martin on Rediscovering the Roots of Karate

Posted in Journalism, Martial Arts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, Volume 31, Number 6 December 2017/January 2018

Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. Japan’s fifth-largest prefecture was a cauldron of conflict during the second world war and is now a bucolic territory, known to boast one of the largest populations of centenarians in the world. Continue reading

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Balance: Shannon ‘Shaggy’ King

Posted in fighting, Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, May/June 2014

Shannon “Shaggy” King is a man whose biggest fight has been to strike the ideal balance between working and fighting. Continue reading

Still the Man: Stan Longinidis

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

the-manInternational Kickboxer Magazine, Jan/Feb 2014

On October 7 of this year, Stan ‘The Man’ Longinidis was inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame. While this is no small feat for any athlete, it’s especially rare for a kickboxer. As with his other achievements, Stan is the first. Continue reading

Christian Ennor

Posted in Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle

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I am lucky enough to have Christian Ennor holding pads for me. He is among the best pad holders I have worked with; he is systematic and understands not only how fights work, but how to train for them.

One of the things I admire most about him – other than his insight into the intricacies of fighting – is his physical courage. He always positions himself in such a way that I can get maximum leverage and power into my strikes, which is always at his expense. That kind of self-sacrifice is emblematic of the very best trainers.

He is also proof that a great trainer needs intelligence and insight every bit as much as experience.     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

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