30 For 30: Day 9

30 For 30: Day 9

“I’m gonna take this right foot, and I’m gonna whop you on that side of your face. And you want to know something? There’s not a damn thing you’re gonna be able to do about it.” Today’s 3F3 is one of the many, many, many times I kicked Forrest in the face. I remember…

The year is 2012. I’m 32 years old.

I fell hard for Jeet Kune Do. After that first year, things started getting really interesting. I still came to the regular classes, but it was the after-class super secret spar sessions that I most looked forward to. Those were great times, usually just me, Forrest, Lauren, and Johnny. We had our own little private Fight Club, and I was so jazzed to be a part of it.

Sparring at regular class usually meant mouthguards, shin guards, and 14oz gloves. At Jeet Kune Do After Dark, sparring meant mouthguards, shin guards, lightweight MMA gloves, and full-on sparring helmets. Round lengths increased from three minutes to five minutes. And sometimes, when the mood was right, we took off our shirts. You know, for comfort and range of motion. No other reason. No other reason at all.

Fighting Forrest is horrifying. He holds himself like a compressed spring, a coiled snake, always ready to knock you the F out. He’s fast, strong, and isn’t afraid to put his foot in your chest. The only advantage I ever had against him was height and a tiny bit more reach. That meant there was this tiny sweet spot where he was in range of my foot and I was out of range of his fist.

I didn’t find that range too often, but when I did, I took advantage.

Kicking Forrest in the head is one of my badges of honor from Jeet Kune Do. It’s a reminder that every fighter has their strengths and weaknesses, and that just because someone looks bigger and stronger, that doesn’t mean you’re SOL. You just have to find the sweet spot.

There are some great photos of Forrest punching me in the face, and over the years, he’s used them in ads for Austin Impact Jeet Kune Do. And every time I see those ads on Facebook, I comment with the above photo. It’s only fair.

Speaking of fair…

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