Category Archives: Jock Stuff

Antonio Honda Is The Wrestler Of The Year

Antonio Honda vs. a magazine

He fought a magazine. He lost a match by reading his own erotic fiction. He broke his knee at least 100 times. And he fought Kenny Omega in Omega’s high-profile return to Japan.

For these, and many other reasons, Antonio Honda is the 2019 professional wrestler of the year.

Sarah explained why in a piece for Fanbyte.

To read it go here.

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Lulu Pencil Is Important Freelance Writer Representation

Lulu Pencil

She’s afraid of heights, weak and constantly loses, but Lulu Pencil is one of professional wrestling’s breakout stars of 2019.

The reason, in part, is because Lulu Pencil is actually a working freelance writer who wrestles on the side in Japan’s Gatoh Move promotion. And a creative class wimp who taps out to rest holds and constantly fails speaks to a surprising amount of savvy wrestling fans.

Sarah wrote about Lulu Pencil in a piece for Fanbyte.

To read it go here.

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Tetsuya Naito Is The Ultimate Millennial Hero

Tetsuya Naito

To a certain segment of people — particularly symbolism savvy fans of New Japan Pro Wrestling and the wrestling faction Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) — LIJ leader Tetsuya Naito pretty much represents the struggle.

Naito’s path is a long and complicated one, with high-profile failures, found families and redemptions won in the most unlikely ways. In many respects his journey represents the same twisting, failing, flailing one that so many millennials have experienced.

Sarah explained why Naito resonates so deeply in a piece for Catapult.

To read it go here.

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Behind The Music At Toronto Maple Leafs Games

If you’ve been watching the Toronto Maple Leafs this year you’ll know that every time they score a goal a Hall & Oates song blasts through the home rink in celebration.

Getting to be the official goal song for a pro hockey team is a real honour. But just getting on the in-game playlist in any capacity is just as big.

I spoke to the Arkells, The Sheepdogs, USS and the staff at MLSE about what’s involved in having a successful jock jam.

Read the story at SOCAN Words and Music by clicking here.

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FKA Twigs And Martial Arts

FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs may be a darling of the music critic set, but she’s also a badass. In the literal sense.

The musician has recently taken up the martial art of wushu.

Sarah wrote about it for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read her piece go here.

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Serena DeJesus: The Mixed Martial Autist

Serena DeJesus. Photo by Jesse Lambert (Arch Angel Studios)

Sarah recently profiled up-and-coming mixed martial artist Serena DeJesus.

People take up combat sports for many reasons. One of the reasons it has worked for DeJesus is because the intense focus of the sport helps her to dampen the sensory overload of the outside world.

To read the full story head to Medium here.

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14 Sports And Culture Stories For Asian World Of Martial Arts

Sarah continues to contribute pop culture, education and promotional-related pieces to Asian World Of Martial Arts.

Here are some recent posts:

The History of the Belt System

The United Nations Gives Pencak Silat UNESCO Status

Training Day One: A Gear Bag Checklist for Beginners Just Starting

The 2019 AWMA Blog Holiday Gift Guide

How to Train in Martial Arts Postpartum

Solo Training and Throwing Dummies

Standing vs Hanging Bags: How to Train Differently and Which to Use

Claressa Shields and Tyson Fury Talk Transition From Boxing to MMA

Muay Thai: Traditional vs. Modern Training Methods

Top Ways to Train While Traveling

Angelina Jolie Takes Martial Arts Lessons With Her Kids

Four Boxing Drills You Can Practice at Home With No Sparring Partner

5 Reasons Why The Ip Man Franchise Mattered To Martial Arts

The Top Five Reasons to use ProForce Boxing Gear

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