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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 5, 1983, Tokyo, JapanMonday september 5, 1983 Korea Pacific stars and stripes 38 3 9 Soldier turned pro in ancient Art by Dave Ornauer ass sports writer and spec. 4 Kyle Polston . Army Camp Henry Tony Hunt a martial artist of 13 years turned professional kick Boxer is a Man self assured. Behind the languid quiet disposition Are fists of lightning. Under the tranquil voice and relaxed face Are feet of Thunder. That self Assurance plus years of training that turned into discipline and ability have carried the 25-year old Hunt an army spec. 4 and an administrative clerk with the 19th support command to a 9-2-2 kickboxing record since turning professional last summer. Competing in an ancient Art in an ancient land mainly against koreans does not intimidate Hunt a Black Belt in the martial Art of Tae Wondo considered Korea s National sport. I d rather compete against a korean than an american anytime Hunt says with conviction. The koreans Are the Best and the Only Way to better yourself is by taking on the best.11 in a sport where kicks and jabs Fly like Nolan Ryan fastballs on the Diamond Confidence is a must for Success particularly when taking on koreans Hunt says. If you re going to the ring to fight and your Confidence is Low then you have a negative attitude. You have to put your mind in the right Frame,11 Hunt said. If you go in thinking you can t fight you re Ner Vous the Guy s better than you Are then he will be. You can t think that even defeat must be viewed As a Victory he insists. Hunt suffered his Only pro losses july 21 and aug. 15, both at Taegu sports auditorium. As opposed to his Early martial arts clays when a loss after months of training would destroy Confidence Hunt says losing is a matter of learning picking up the pieces and starting Over. A loss would affect Hunt really badly at times. It would take me a couple of weeks to recover from it. Now i take a loss As a Victory Hunt said. It s like the last fight i had i lost. Even though i lost i feel i still won because i gained knowledge through it. Win or lose i become Wiser with each Good instructors can help fighters win Back Confidence but it All gets Back to How much the fighter himself wants it. You have to really do it on your own Start training again say it was a loss and next time i la do better. Meditation also. Sit Down and medi Tate like transcendental meditation. Clear the mind Start All Over Hunt said. Getting Back to basics also requires an extreme amount of discipline the kind taught by instructors that some times involves punishments such As doing 15 to 20 pushups. From the nose. When you re a lower Belt you think it s punishment Hunt said. But As you develop get higher Belt ranks you see it s not to punish you but help build your mind and some things instructors teach to lower belts Are what Black belts will do without thinking about them Hunt added. They already instilled the knowledge into you How to do the right things knowing when to do something and when not so How does All that fit together in the ring kickboxing is just boxing with a few added twists Hunt says. They re relatively the same size ring gloves and everything except win kickboxing you can use your Knees elbows and feet and you can use sweep kicks to trip your oppo nent he said. Ass Dave Ornauer on the Job Hunt sports a languid face and tranquil voice. Usa spec. 5 Joe Ferrare but in the ring he sports fists of lightning and feet of Thunder. Hunt uses what he Calls a triple threat stance combining martial arts with boxing a position enabling him to do one of three things Jab Cross punch or kick at any Given moment and to follow with More damaging blows. Combining boxing with karate takes a lot of work a lot of years he added. He operates in the ring with the right foot Back left foot Forward and fists clenched Low at the Waist. A Good stance for the martial arts is legs far apart hands Down at the Waist. In the ring you would get killed like that. In boxing hands up at the face but a Good martial artist can attack the off to work in the ring. A punch to the face with a right Cross knocking the opponent Back. Follow with a kick to the legs. Lean away from the Jab then another kick to the feet come Back with a right Cross. Speculating on what makes the better kick Boxer the experienced pugilist or the Black Belt Hunt said there Are advantages and disadvantages to both. If you re fighting a former Boxer you can kick him in the legs or trip him and this May throw his timing off Hunt said. If you re fighting a former martial artist you May reach his head a lot easier because they be been taught to keep their hands Hunt who is scheduled to hit the ring again on sept. 10 at the Taegu sports auditorium credits Bobby Owens his first martial arts instructor As a youngster and Kumok to an instructor at nearby Camp Walker with bringing him to where he is today. Hunt in t satisfied with just fight ing however. He himself teaches something he says he d rather do than embark on a pro kickboxing career. I like to give to people what others gave to me Hunt said. If i could find a student who s really serious about the arts then i would train him for the rest of his life. For the rest of my at 12 years of age Hunt entered the world of chops and kicks while his friends preferred More simple pleasures such As left Hooks and right jabs. But Hunt s thoughts were never far from boxing As a kid he watched former world heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali then later would idolize sex welterweight titlist sugar Ray Leonard. I liked those two Ali and Leonard because they had style. They did More boxing than just brawling grabbing the Guy and throwing him around the his idols among the martial arts number too Many he said but the late Bruce Lee stands out in his mind. The closest he s Ever come to Lee personally is viewing on the Silver screen such movies As enter the dragon and game of death but Hunt carries such vivid memories of Lee As if he were standing beside him. He had Complete Speed Power and accuracy in All his techniques. His focus and everything tremendous Hunt said. He could be standing Here talking to you joking around but if he showed you technique it would be serious. You would think he was going to try to kill you. When he went out there he went out to win and win Only. That along with All his training made him it s that Type of discipline and dedication that spells Success for the aspiring kick Boxer Hunt feels. If the average Guy trains has the right mental discipline then he can make Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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