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Dressed in all white is my first opponent, the formidable John Douglas. I have my chin down, elbows in and gloves pinned to my cheeks so I don’t have to worry about Douglas’ attacks from the sides. I’m determined to be the aggressor and take…Read More
I’m mentally pumped-up, although my biggest concern centers on my hands. Napoleon double-wraps and gloves my hands. Once gloved, he lathers my face with Vaseline to minimize facial cuts. As the ten fighters are gearing up, Sensei Murphy tries to calm my fears with a…Read More
Along with fighting men from my own school, I will be pitting my skills against fighters from other dojos with different fighting styles. Only four of my ten opponents are considered friends. This is a real risky proposition! There is no predicting if they understand…Read More
My black belt test itself is Sensei Murphy’s first test permitted stateside. My regimen is excruciatingly intense. I fight three or four times weekly, initially for two or three rounds and then I gradually add more rounds. For many fights, Douglas simultaneously pits me against…Read More
“Before Richard starts his black belt test I’m getting fighting observations from John Douglas, Sean Murphy, Diego Gonzalez and Sensei John Murphy. Men, as a fighter, do you think Richard is more intuitive than analytical, or vice-versa?” “Well Mr. Racherbaumer,” Douglas observes, “Although Mr. Turner…Read More
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