Ben Edwards and the Subtle Art of Striking, Part One

 

Ben Edwards is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of Australia’s most exciting – and experienced – combat athletes. Few fighters are qualified to comment on MMA, boxing and Kickboxing: Ben has excelled at all three.

T.T: How did you come to striking? Was it through a traditional martial art? How were you initially taught? Did those elements of style change once you started kickboxing?

B.E: I used to punch the shit out of my punching bag when I was a teenager.

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The Ups and Downs: ‘Bangin’ Ben Edwards and the Vicissitudes of Fate

 

This article, originally printed in International Kickboxer Magazine, is republished here as an introduction to ‘Bangin’ Ben. He was recently interviewed for this blog on the subject of striking and the way it differs for MMA, boxing and kickboxing. Ben is a unique authority, having fought at an international level as both a boxer and a kickboxer. He also stands poised in the brink of international competition as an MMA fighter.

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Chris Bradford Versus Steve McKinnon: Powerplay 36

Chris Bradford meets one of the world’s best cruiserweight kickboxers on Saturday, May 12 of next year. He sits down to tell JARROD BOYLE all about it.

What made you decide to have another fight?

As a fighter, you never really quit the fight. It’s always in you: when you wake, when you sleep, when you walk. It’s instinctively in your blood. The thrill of fighting is something that can never be duplicated. There are only a handful of opportunities like this one to come along in your life. 

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