Category Archives: Fight Stuff

Fighting Fathers to spread their message in Guinness World Record attempt (Sydney, March 16)

After preaching his Palm Sunday sermon on April 1, 2012, Father Dave Smith of the Holy Trinity Church in Dulwich Hill will enter the boxing ring for a record 120 rounds over eight hours. Fifty year-old ‘Fighting’ Father Dave, as … Continue reading

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Fight Club – by Tristan Gunzman

This was an interview-project put together by Tristan Gunzman as a part of his university studies. It is reprinted with permission. The Lord is my trainer I shall not fear the fight You see yourself in the mirror, arms up, … Continue reading

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Martial Arts: Society’s safe option for controlling conflict – by Nichola Aindow

The ancient art of ‘combat’ in a contemporary world, is not just about getting people to think about health, safety, body and mind; nor is it just a way to provide a space for people to be slightly rougher than … Continue reading

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Boxing and the Cool Halls of Academe – Professor Gordon Marino

“Know thyself” was the Socratic dictum, but Tyler Durden, the protagonist in the movie Fight Club,asks, “How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?” Although trainers of the bruising art wince at the notion that … Continue reading

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A Night in the Ring – by Jo Burton

In the ring as in my life, there are choices – choices about how to be, how to respond, how to stay in relationship with an other, particularly when the going gets tough, how to reconnect with faith, how to … Continue reading

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Why I Love Amateur Boxing – by Father Dave

I’m a thousand miles from home at the moment at the Australian Amateur Boxing League’sNational Titles, and I’m enjoying every minute of it. Right now I’m watching two 13-year-old schoolboys belting it out, and the standard is surprisingly good.  The boys … Continue reading

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The Ancient Welsh Art of Lap Goch and the American Presidency

A chilling sight – a squad of Lap Gochi, called in to quell a riot in the remote village of Abergavenny, form battle lines before beginning their subjugation of the town. A mysteriously familiar-looking squad leader (front-left) is signalling his … Continue reading

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Green v Mundine: More than just a Boxing Match.

I had the privilege to be a part of boxing history last night. I was there at the Green-Mundine fight – surely the most anticipated boxing match in Australian sporting history. It was a truly great fight – great to … Continue reading

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Why more priests need to train as fighters (and why we don’t see many boxers in church)

“Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself … Continue reading

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