Posts Tagged “fighting”

Become Your ‘Best Self’ – Story

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Become Your ‘Best Self’ – Story

My whole adult life I’ve faked being a legit martial arts teacher.  No one knows it, but I’m afraid of fighting.  Flash back to 1996 when I’m sixteen years old.  I’m training for my first kickboxing fight.  I’ve competed in karate tournaments, but this is the real deal.  Full contact kickboxing.  The goal is a knockout.  Unfortunately,…

Immigration

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Immigration

Fights tonight. Irish fights. The best kind. Okay, maybe women fighting is a bit more entertaining and not for the reasons you think, but women are the only demographic that can match Irish men fighting for pure intensity and guts – night after night after night in the ring. Tonight’s fight card features Barry Quinn,…

My 1st Black Belt Test

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My 1st Black Belt Test

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden   Lifting heavy weights my skinny, teenage arms gave out and a 40 pound dumbbell dropped itself full force onto the tip of my right thumb.  The now numb nail would be black for the next 6 months from…

“Man of Character”

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“Man of Character”

Rashad Brown. Rashad Brown is a burgeoning 23-year-old middleweight boxing contender heading into the prime of his career.  Boxers and trainers compare his look and style to a young Muhammad Ali with his lean, tall body, deft movement and smooth punching combinations.  Rashad is an undefeated professional, ranked in the top fifty in his weight…

The Spine of an Irishman

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The Spine of an Irishman

Of the Celtic values of honor, loyalty, hospitality, honesty, justice, and courage, Irishman are most known in my walking circles for their courage.  Think about it.  When you think of the Irish, what do you think about? – “Drinking.”  Okay.  I understand.  Nothing more to say. – “Fighting.” Me too.  I may operate in more…

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