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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

Benjey Zimmerman

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

When I trained at Golden Glory, the most famous fighter on-campus was Chalid ‘Die Faust’ Arrab. There were another four lesser-known guys who were just as awesome; Gokhan Saki, Alistair Overeem, Errol Zimmerman and his cousin, Benjey. The first three have gone on to become household names (in kickboxing households, at least).

For my money, Benjey is next. 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

Parr Power

Posted in Journalism, Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by Jarrod Boyle

International Kickboxer, Vol.17, no.5

John Wayne and Angie Parr juggle the commitments of kids, family life and high-profile careers as two of the nations most respected and successful fighters. What qualities make for a great family life? Are they similar to the qualities that make a great fighter? JARROD BOYLE investigates Continue reading

Working Off the Jab

Posted in Journalism, Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by Jarrod Boyle

Yusuke Fujimoto at the business end of bad news:

International Kickboxer Magazine, Vol.17, No.4

Sam Greco says that the jab is a fighter’s yardstick; if you can reach your opponent with your jab, then you are at effective range for all other weapons. A good, solid jab is the foundation of kickboxing technique. It is important to make a distinction at this early point, however; a kickboxer isn’t the same animal as a Thai boxer. For a kickboxer, the jab is a close-range weapon. For a Thai boxer, the jab is a middle-range weapon. Continue reading

What Makes a Good Counter-Fighter?

Posted in Journalism, Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2010 by Jarrod Boyle

International Kickboxer Magazine Vol. 17 No.3

Competitive fighting can be viewed as being similar to a conversation; one person talks, one person replies. Each person says what they believe will give them an advantage and hopefully, the upper hand. After all, fighting is all about convincing the three judges, whether it comes by knockout or their considered decision, given the arguments that are presented to them. As a counter fighter, you specialise in replying to your opponent. This means you tend to let the other fighter put his case first, which is difficult for a beginner to achieve; in addition to the pain, being hit is pretty alarming! Counter fighting really depends on a cool head and a sound defence.      Continue reading

Sparring Smart

Posted in Journalism, Journalism, Kickboxing, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on September 6, 2010 by Jarrod Boyle

 

 

Sparring with Peter Graham probably wasn't very smart.

International Kickboxer Magazine, Vol 16, Number 6

January 2009

Sparring is the business end of training. All forms of conditioning (weights, bagwork, padwork, running, drills, etc) should be integrated into a training regimen to serve this most crucial of activities. The quality and intensity of your sparring will be the most important determining factor in pre-fight preparation. Continue reading

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