Category Archives: Fight Stuff

Farewell to our Fight Club in Dulwich Hill

Father Dave’s Old School Boxing Academy trained out of the church hall of Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill from 1991 to 2021. We trained many champions. More importantly, we saw a great many crazy kids grow into confident adults, and, in … Continue reading

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Father Dave’s Preach and Punch Fest – 26-27 June, 2021

Binacrombi Bush Camp – June 26-27, 2021 I had some excellent men join me in the rign on Saturday night, June 26. My first opponent – Fonda – had obviously had a few fights. He knew what he was doing, … Continue reading

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Preach and Punch Fest – June 5&6, 2021

Binacrombi Bush Camp – June 5-6, 2021 We had a great pair of boxers to take me on in the Binacrombi Bush Bash on the Saturday night (Karim and Mohammad) and a wonderful collection of Bible readings at our Sunday Eucharist. The … Continue reading

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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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