AE 262 – What’s the difference between COULD, CAN, WOULD, WILL, SHALL and SHOULD?
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So your question today, Aly, was if I could tell you the difference between the different modal verbs can, could would, should and shall.
This is a pretty complicated question and would require a lot of time for me to go over all of these, but I’m going to try and sort of give you the down low, give you a brief introduction to when and where to use these different modal verbs.
Can & Could
So “can” and “could” are the same as “to be able to”.
And “can”, “could” and “to be able to” are used to express a variety of different ideas in English.
I might just go through them quickly.
They can express the idea of ability or lack of ability to do something.
So the ability or the inability.
For instance, “Tom can write poetry”, “I can help you”, “Lisa can’t speak French”.
That’s all about whether or not you can do something, whether or not you’re able to do something.
And so you can also substitute in “to be able to” instead of “can” in this instance where we’re talking about ability.
So you could say “Tom is able to write poetry”, “I am able to help you”, “Lisa is unable to speak French” or you could say “Lisa is not able to speak French”.
And when we do this in the past tense we use “could”.
So you could say “Tom could write poetry”, “I could help you, yesterday”, “Lisa could speak French when she was young”.
And if you want to substitute in “to be able to” then you have to obviously… with “to be” you have to use “was” or “have been”.
So you would say instead, “Tom was able to write poetry”, “I was able to help you”, “Lisa was able to speak French” or you could say “Tom has been able to…”.
“I have been able to…”. “Lisa has been able to…” etc., depending on the tense you are using.
So there you go.
That’s the first one.
Ability or inability to do something.
We can also use “can” and “could” for possibility or impossibility.
So “You can catch a train at 10:43”.
It’s possible you could do it.
“He can’t see you right now”.
It’s impossible that he sees you.
And again if we do this in the past tense, “You could catch a train at 10:43 yesterday.” or “He couldn’t see you yesterday”.
So that’s possibility and impossibility.
We can also use it for asking permission or giving permission.
So for instance, “Can you lend me ten dollars?”, “You can borrow my car.”, “Could I have your number?”, “Could I talk to you?”.
However, in this form “could” isn’t the past tense.
It’s the conditional tense, I believe.
So it would be like saying “Would I be able to have your number?”, “Could I have your number?”, “Would I be able to talk to you?”, “Could I talk to you?”.
We can also use it when making suggestions.
So we can use “could” to make a suggestion.
“You could take the tour of the castle”, “You could go there tomorrow”, “You could do this”.
And again that’s the conditional.
“You would be able to take the tour tomorrow”, “You would be able to go there”.
However, “could” sounds a lot more natural.
Shall & Should
So “shall” and “should”.
“Shall” and “should”.
And this also goes with “ought to”, but that’s not really used that much at least compared to the other two.
So we can use “shall” or “should” to offer assistance or as a polite suggestion.
And I might add here first “shall” is only used in the first person.
So it can be singular plural. “Shall I…”. “Shall we…”.
But it’s only used with “I” and “we”.
“Shall I…?”, “Shall we…?”, “I shall…”, “We shall…”.
So we can use them to offer assistance or as a polite suggestion.
So, “Shall we go for a walk?”, “Shall I go to the shops and buy some milk?”, “Should I go for a walk?”, “Should I go to the shops and buy some milk?”.
So we can also use “should” as a prediction or an expectation that something is going to happen.
“The proposal should be finished on time”, “I shouldn’t be late, the train usually arrives on time”.
And we can also use it to give advice.
“You should check that document before you send it out”.
And we can also use this when giving advice about something that we think is wrong or unacceptable.
So, “He shouldn’t teach words like that to children.” or “He shouldn’t do that. It’s dangerous”.
Those are examples of something that you would be better not doing, that you shouldn’t do, because it’s unacceptable or it’s wrong.
Will & Would
So the last one that you wanted to go over was “would” and “would” sort of pairs well with “will” when it comes to modal verbs.
“Will” and “would”.
So I might go over both of these.
So “will” and “would” be used for polite requests or statements.
“Will you please take the trash outside?”, “Would you mind if I sat next to you?”, “I would like to sign up for the workshop”.
So polite requests and statements.
You can also use it for habitual past actions.
So we can use “would” to talk about things that we did habitually in the past so something that happened many times that we used to do all the time say as a kid.
For instance, “When I was a child I would spend hours playing video games” or you could say, “Peter wouldn’t eat broccoli as a kid”.
So notice how I’ve said “as a child” or “as a kid I wouldn’t…”. and then… or “I would…”, and then “the thing”.
And that just means that “that thing” happened all the time.
So, “I would spend hours playing video games”, every single day, every single week, every single month.
It happened a lot.
Or, “I wouldn’t eat broccoli” at all dinners.
So periodically, all the time, as a habit.
“I wouldn’t eat broccoli”.
So I hope that helps Aly.
It’s a bit of a shallow attempt at covering those different modal verbs.
It’s kind of hard for me to go into them in great lengths all together.
That would definitely require individual episodes.
So I hope this is kind of helped.
Go over it a few times and try and get sort of the basic idea of how I would or wouldn’t use these.
And then get out there and practice them.
I think that is one of the biggest tips that I can give you for practicing modal verbs and auxiliary verbs is to focus on one at a time, to look for real examples sentences, and then to play with those sentences.
So like conjugate through them using different pronouns. I would rehearse them myself alone in my room.
So I would, like, speak to myself and say things like “When I was a kid I would do this. He would do this. She would do this as a kid. We would do this. They would do this”.
And then, for instance, I would go to “should”.
“I should help. I should do this. I should do that.”
I would try maybe picking one at a time, spend 30 seconds coming up with sentences off the top of your head, and just play with them.
You could also do this writing if you really really want to practice your writing skill and practice these modal verbs.
And I would again conjugate through, use them in as many different ways as you can while writing.
And eventually the meanings are going to sink in and you will do it naturally.
But I think it’s one of those things if you want to chop down a whole forest you do it tree by tree.
You look at the first tree you want to chop down and then you chop that tree down. Repeat the process.
And eventually there’s no more forest.
You don’t look at the forest and think how am I ever going to chop down all these trees.
You just have to do a bit by bit.
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AE 401 – Interview: How to Buy a Car in Australia with James Buchan
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Today’s episode is the second half of the interview with James, my mate James, who was talking about cars in episode AE 393 – Interview: Rev-heads, Car Accidents, & Car Culture in Australia. So, James is back today, and he’ll be giving you guys tips and tricks for buying a car in Australia, what you need to know about searching for cars online, when you go and see the car what you should do, what you should look for under the bonnet, and then the process of getting that car bought and putting it into your name.
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Anyway, guys, without any further ado let’s get into today’s interview episode on buying a car in Australia with James. And to take us in, I thought it would be appropriate to play the sound of some V8 Supercar Ford and Holdens from Bathurst. Check it out.
I guess switching gears again.
If we now talk about purchasing cars and selling cars, do you remember the first car that you went and bought, and what it felt like to be, you know, a young Australian kid getting your first car? What was the process like to?
So, the first car I think I actually bought with my own money was a Toyota Soarer. It was a one of the V8 ones, so, they called that a UZZ31. This is an interesting one and I think this will be good for the podcast, because I made some mistakes buying this car, and hindsight and wisdom I would be able to inform a purchaser now a lot better, but I guess, you’ve got to go out there, you’ve got to make mistakes. Much the same as anything in life, you’ve got to learn. That crash, for instance, that we talked about earlier. Sometimes you need to make a mistake.
So, I went and saw the car, and everything looked alright, I guess, when you’re young and you’ve got a pocket full of cash and you see an object, you think well, yeah, you know, it’s it looks good, and I guess, you get carried away with the emotions in purchasing it. You know, I’m going to buy this. This is going to be me. I get to roll around in this. This is really cool. In my case, it was this V8 Soarer. It was packed full of leather and technology. It had like the TV screen, the touch screen. It had a really good stereo in it. (It) had a set of wheels on it. They were really heavy and they weren’t staggered, but they were a set of wheels, and to a young person that was pretty cool.
So, we went up and we just sussed it out, and it was a really warm sunny day, and everything was working. The air conditioning was working. The car was driving nicely. The owner had informed me that he just put a new battery in it, and I didn’t really think of… I just thought, well, you know, that’s a good thing, you know, a new battery. And I said, yeah, no, I’ll buy this car. And I think I paid $7,300 for it. And we had the paperwork. So, we got that from Vic Roads. So, you sign the paperwork, and then… so the owner of the car will put his initials on it, you put yours on it, and that basically transfers the ownership from their name to yours, which you would then take to VicRoads.
So, I purchased this car, and I remember, it took maybe about a week. So, I had a test drive first, came home, decided that I liked it. And then, (I) came up to Melbourne about a week or two later to pick up the car, and that was fine, and I drove it back out of Melbourne, and on the way down to Geelong I got a little message on the TV screen in the centre of the car, and it said an alternator… battery not charging alternator, alternator not charging battery. Like, okay, what’s that? Anyway, the closer I got to Geelong, the more systems started to shut down in the car. I’m thinking, well, this is not great.
Anyway, as it turns out, the design of that particular engine the 1UZ had the alternator above… had the power steering pump just above the alternator. So, what would happen is the power steering pump would leak and drop all its fluid onto the alternator, which would kill it. And so, when the alternator wouldn’t charge then it would just drain the battery. So, when the owner said I’ve just put in a new battery of course the car is going to drive fine with a new battery. You’re not going to know. So, perhaps I should have checked under the car for any, I guess, like puddles or any drips, look at the engine bay perhaps with a torch to see if there’s any moist damp wet spots. I didn’t do any of that. I just got carried away, because I thought that everything was working and playing with the buttons and the technology, didn’t really… didn’t really check to see what else might be broken with it. So, that was… so, on the second day that I had the car in my ownership. I then had to take it down to an auto electrician and get the power steering pump replaced, and get the alternator replaced. And that was a really expensive exercise. That was at least $600-700. And I haven’t budgeted for that. So, I regret that.
There’s a few things in that I unpack, I guess. So, for the listeners who are moving to Australia or currently living in Australia what kind of advice would you have for them from start to finish for purchasing a car? So, I guess starting with: where do you look and what do you look for?
So, there’s perhaps two main websites you could look for cars in Australia. Carsales.com.au, which is generally pretty good. Look, if you want to go to a dealer, you can, but you have to be prepared to pay their markups. They’ll be making a profit on it. Although, if you buy from a dealer, you’ll get some kind of warranty or recourse if something is to go wrong. So, buying a car secondhand inherently carries a little bit more risk if you do it through a private sale.
So, carsales.com.au, though.
That’s right. Yeah. So, that’s where generally that I would look. You’ll see if a car has… you can check out its specifications, its photos, there’s the owner’s contact information. And that’s one way of buying a car. It’s slightly perhaps a little bit more above board. And then, if you wanted to buy like a slightly cheaper car or you’re willing to sift a little bit… sift a little further through the website, you could use gumtree.com.au. I don’t think they’re searching or the way that the website is built is perhaps as good as Carsales, but you can find a car through there, and they can be another option.
And what would you recommend the car come with, or the kind of specifications, I mean, any other bonus sort of tips there for the kinds of cars you want and what you want to come with when you purchase one?
So, the first and foremost, really, you need a registration and roadworthy certificate. Roadworthy certificates, they’ve become a lot harder to find.
And harder to get.
And harder to get. A car these days, generally, if it comes with a roadworthy certificate, it generally means that it’s an alright car. You know, you’d need to get it checked out, obviously, and perform your own checks, but you can be assured at least that it’s been to a workshop and that they can guarantee that the tyres are good, the brakes are good, the steering is good, that you’ve got good wiper blades, there’s no oil leaks, just that basic kind of stuff. In the past, they were a lot easier to forge, but the Victorian Government has since been clamping down pretty hard on workshops that are hand handing out dodgy roadworthiness. So, they are a lot harder to find and get. And as a result, you’ll see a lot of cars for sale second hand without a roadworthy certificate.
And look, some of these cars can be an absolute bargain. If you’re willing to do the work, and let’s say, it might only need a set of tyres or set of brake pads. I guess, if you’ve got A. the time, or you’re B. mechanically competent, go ahead do that, but you really have to suss the car out and to know that it’s going to be okay, and then you’ve got to have the time as well to run around getting these things or to get them fitted, and how much is your time worth? Are you working? Are you studying? If you are, then you might not have the time to be able to go ahead and do these things, in which case you could pay a place to do this, but again, that’s going to cost a little bit of extra, and for all of the extra that it may cost you or for how much your time is worth, it just makes sense to get a car with a roadworthy certificate.
And you can kind of get caught and a bit of a trap, right? If you get on without a roadworthy, you’ve got about 30 days with the changeover in your name to get a roadworthy on it before it can be changed into your name. And so, however much money it’s going to cost to change the car, to fix the car, to repair the car, to get it into your name, you’re going to have to fork out…
…and pay for before you can legally drive it around or get insured and all of that, right?
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That’s right. So, a couple of years ago now my brother and I bought a Ford Falcon it wasn’t AU, and it was ex-taxi, the benefit of an ex-taxi is that you know that it’s been maintained. This thing had 700,000 kilometers on it.
To the moon and back.
My brother and I, we were looking for a car. We needed one kind of quickly. We sussed out one car and the owner said to us, “oh, look, it’s good, it’s got an exhaust on it”. We liked the look of it, but he said the gearbox is broken, one of the gears is broken in it. The car can’t do above 80 kilometers an hour. And I guess, when you’re travelling to the outback and you’re travelling large distances, Australia’s a big country, you kind of want to be able to go a little bit more than 80km/hr. So, for us, that was a no go.
So, we went and sussed out this AU Falcon in Templestowe. It was an ex-taxi, it was owned… it had been owned by this Greek guy, and my brother just looks at me and he says, do we go ugly early, James?. And I said yes, David we do, because you know what? We could spend a long time trying to suss out which cars are good, you know, sorting out if one has a roadworthy or a rego or does it… or if it’s maybe one of the later versions. But everything about this, I guess, it ticked most of the boxes for us. So, we decided that that was going to be a good buy.
That car had no roadworthy, but for our purposes we were only using the car for a weekend. We had it sort of like a little cheap car holiday.
So, we went up to the Outback in New South Wales. So, what we did was we purchased this AU. It didn’t need to have a roadworthy, because we were able to… we’re only going to be using it for a weekend. So, we were able to transfer the ownership of the vehicle into our name and we were able to get an insurance cover note that would cover us for those four days. At which point, once we returned, we would cancel the cover note, we’d sell the car.
And that’s exactly what we did. However, if you want to keep a car to use to go on holidays, to go on trips, you have 30 days, at least last time I checked, before you can get that… 30 days in order to get that roadworthy certificate, and get that into your name, and get the car registered and insured, and off you go.
So, I guess, taking it through the steps: get on either a Carsales.com.au, which you recommend first and foremost…
It seems to be a little bit more above board.
…and you can get it from dealers or private sellers…
…or you can go to gumtree.com.au, and also sift through that, but it requires a bit more work.
It requires a little bit more work, and I think the way that Gumtree’s website sort of laid out as well, I was searching for cars there the other day, and I set my range and I set my price, I typed in the model of car I was looking for, and I set it most expensive to least expensive, but I still got ads, because people want to lease their cars through there as well, and you can… you can weed that out in Gumtree, but it’s just a little bit more effort.
I guess, the benefit of gum tree though is that it’s free.
So, when you’re advertising a car there it’s free, whereas Carsales you’ve got to pay.
Hence the ads on Gumtree.
Alright. So, you’ve gone to Carsales or Gumtree, you found a car that you’ve liked, that looks good. Try and find one that does have a roadworthy certificate and rego on it already for as long as possible so you don’t have to renew that rego in the next week and for another year, ’cause the longer the rego the better. Alright, so you got those things down. Then obviously you want to contact the seller through one of these websites and just say, g’day, I’m just interested in purchasing your car. Do you have anything to add with regards to bartering and the price of the cars? Would you just walk up and be like, here, BAM! There’s what you’ve asked for? Or would you suggest aiming a little lower? And if so, how far is okay below the price they’re asking?
So, what I like to do is I like to go and suss the car, look at it. Have… knowing a little bit about cars, if I can see that something’s an absolute bargain already, and that they’ve already reduced the price enough, I’d like to use a little bit of intuition. Sometimes I can see that it’s a bargain, and you can say, alright, I’m not going to… not going to try and get any money chopped off the price here. it’s already a bargain for what they’re selling for so I just turn up with the cash nice and quickly, and get the deal done. Whereas, I guess, sometimes you might like to… the price that the seller has listed you can see as a starting point and try and negotiate them down a little bit. I like to… if it was me and I was selling a car, I would… let’s say, I want $7,500 for it, I might list it for like $8,200 knowing full well that when someone comes in and wants to buy the car and barter it, I’ve got a little bit of room to move. So, I’m happy to let the cargo for say $7,500 whereas I’ve listed it for $8,300. So, that’s the spot where I’ll let it go for.
However, if I’d just left it… advertised it for $7,500 that the buyer would want to come in and they would want to knock some money off it. So, they might be able to go in… they might want to knock it down a little bit more. So, I guess, you’ve sort of got to shift around and do a little bit of a dance in order to agree on a price. That’s always a good idea to try and negotiate if you can.
Another good step is never go and see a car at night.
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I guess that ties in with when you go and see a car what are the kind of things you’re looking for? And obviously, you need light to be able to do that. But what basic things can the listeners to this podcast keep an eye out for if they are just buying this car on their own?
Okay. So, obviously, you want to go and you take a look at the tyres. Make sure that there’s enough tread on them. You can see the wear markers and you can just basically use your fingers and put them through the great grooves in the tire to see that there’s enough tread on them. If they’ve got a roadworthy though, they should have roadworthy tread. So, that’s one thing. If you’re putting it into gear as an automatic, if it clunks into gear, that could be a problem with the transmission. You want to make sure that the brakes aren’t squeaking. You want to make sure that there are no leaks.
So, when you lift up the bonnet and you look at it, you want to also look below the car to see that nothing’s dripping onto the ground.
That’s right. Another sort of sign that something can be potentially dodgy is if you don’t inspect the car and it’s already warm or it’s already been running, because let’s say a car might be difficult to start, or a car starts running a little bit, let’s say, there might be like a metal on metal sound, or some kind of nasty noise that goes away once the car has warmed up, that can also be a tell tale sign that there might be an issue.
I think that’s something my dad had always said too. If you’re going to go buy a car, ask them not to start it and drive it that day so that you’re the first person to turn that car on and use it.
Yeah, that’s right. There are some cars that I’ve looked at and exactly as your dad was saying, you turn it on and you hear the car screeching for a while. It you might be a loose belt or a bearing might be gone. That’s that’s that’s a big no no. Well, proceed with caution, I guess, if the cars’s cheap and you’ve got a little bit of mechanical nouse??? about you, you might be able to factor that into the bargaining price.
Okay, gotcha. I guess, yeah and you could use… if you see any of these things, and you think, oh, I still want to take the risk, you can point them out and use that as a bargaining chip in order to lower the price at least a little bit with the idea or their suggestion that you might have to pay some money to then replace or fix this issue.
\Yeah. Another one is that some cars might have a slight oil leak. It could be coming from the sump. It could be coming from the cam covers. It could be coming from anywhere. In which case, let’s say the car has been sitting overnight, it would be dripping. But if the car… sometimes what some dodgy sellers will do is they’ll start the car up and they’ll move it to a different spot where it’s not leaking, and the car will be warm. So, that’s another thing to check out and just to make sure.
Okay. So, you’ve done all of that and you’ve decided, I’m going to pay this amount of money for it, you’ve bargained them down potentially or you’ve decided it looks like it’s in good nick, I’ll give you the whole price that you’re asking. What is then required? So, the seller’s gonna have some forms and what do you need to do with those forms as the buyer?
You can either pick up… sometimes, the seller should have these forms or this paperwork that they need from Vic Roads, which I guess, for those listeners from interstate or overseas Vic Roads is a road transport authority kind of group that organises car registrations.
In Victoria. It’ll be different for each state.
Yeah. So, there’ll be some paperwork from Vic Roads that, as a seller or buyer, you can go and pick up. The seller really should have it on them, but that said sometimes I like to go to Vic Roads and just pick up this paper work, just in case. And, I have a spare piece of paperwork in the glove box of the car when I go to buy it. You’ll agree. The price will be written down on this piece of paper. The seller’s information will be, there the registration of the car will be there. You will sign it. You will mention the price and there’ll be two copies. There’ll be… I believe there’ll be a carbon copy. So, there’ll be one for the seller of the vehicle, and then there’ll be one for the new owner, and… like a transfer form, and that’s what you’ve got to take into Vic Roads, and they’ll process that. You’ll pay stamp duty on that, which is the percentage of the car.
And you have a trick for saving a few hundred dollars potentially.
So, you could save some of the listeners a few hundred bucks if you guys are buying a car that’s at least relatively cheap.
That’s right. So, if you’re buying a new car, you’re buying a new Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce or a Ferrari, you’re going to be paying a lot of stamp duty on that. You’ll be paying luxury car tax as well. However, if you’re buying a second-hand car, especially, a cheaper one… for instance, there was a Toyota Soarer that I bought once, and I paid $7,500 for it. However, if the sale price had been listed at $7,500 that we had agreed on, on this transfer for, I would have paid 10% of that for stamp duty that the government gets.
So, you, instantly, when you go and change that over in your name at RACV, not RACV, at Vic Roads*, you have to pay 10% more to them, the stamp duty to the government, to get that car in your name.
…into your name. That’s right.
So, what’s the trick in order to avoid paying the full 10% of whatever you just paid for the car, especially, if you did it in cash?
So, if you’ve done it in cash, which I had done, I… the seller and I both agreed that what we would write down was something like $4,200 or thereabouts. So, it still looks… because, let’s face it, some Toyota Soarers are cheap, because they have been neglected. So, I guess, there’s a price band in which a car can be sold for, and that looked to Vic Roads that would look right. And so, we agreed on $4,200 on paper so that when the time came to hand that paperwork to Vic Roads…
You saved yourself $300 bucks or so.
Correct! By not listing the price as $7,500 but $4,200 instead. Made a lot more sense. There was a friend that had bought a new (Subaru) WRX on the same day that I bought my Soarer, and we were both in VicRoads, and he’d paid something like $30,000 for this WRX, and I remember, he was in a considerable amount of pain, financial pain I should add, knowing what he was going to have to pay in terms of stamp duty, and he was only ever so slightly envious of the fact that I had managed to sort of weasel my way out of a little bit of money.
So, I guess, that leads into the last point before we finish up. We might save selling a car for another episode. But, it’s also factor in how much it’s going to cost to pay for stamp duty, to pay for insurance, and to pay for any other potential repairs that might be needed.
So, if you save up say $3,000, probably don’t go out looking for a car that’s $3,000.
What would you suggest? How much reduce sort of leeway either side would you try and save on the side to pay for those things?
So, let’s say if third party fire and theft insurance, which’ll cover the other party, but not you. Let’s say that at most might be about $300 on say, let’s say a $3,000-$4,000 car, you might want to factor in up to about $500 maybe for any mechanical repairs that might be necessary. As much as we try and avoid any of that stuff when you’re going and buying the car, it might be just one of those…
It could break the next day by chance.
Yeah, by chance. I mean, lightning does strike, and accidents do happen. So, it’s always a good idea that as you’ve said that you’ve got a little bit of extra money up your sleeve, because you don’t want to say, have a budget of $3,000, spend the $3,000 on the car, for the next day for the car to break and you’ve got no money left, no money saved. That’s just not a good idea.
So, save a little bit of extra for insurance. Maybe save an extra say, $500 for an impossible mechanical repairs you might need. Let’s (say), using a $3,000 car as an example, like a Falcon, an old Commodore.
Try and save a bit of money with the stamp duty by first paying in cash, and then asking permission with the seller if you guys can just drop the price a little bit on paper. So, you still paid the amount, but on paper he’s written a lower number.
That’s right. I’ve done the same thing buying a few spare parts on eBay as well, from international sellers, and I think if it’s over a thousand dollars you have to pay GST on it. So, I remember, I bought a new turbocharger once. The seller, I didn’t even ask them, I was willing to pay the GST, because I just thought that that was what I had to cop. However, the seller… they had clearly been through this process before, and they wrote that the purchase price of this turbocharger was only $100 dollars. So, I avoided paying any GST.
That’s a nice a nice little tip for you.
Far out! Well, thank you so much for being on the podcast, James.
Not a problem. Thanks for having me, Pete.
No worries! There’s a lot of gems in there, guys. So, go back and listen and hopefully it’s helped if you end up buying a car, and hopefully, it avoids some headaches.
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Learn Australian English in this interview episode of The Aussie English Podcast I chat with Rhys Linnett about how he became a karate world champion and is now traveling the world.
AE 427 – Interview: Becoming a Karate Champion & Traveling the World with Rhys Linnett
G’day, you mob. How’s it going? Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today is another interview episode, and I’m looking forward to bringing you this one, because it is another interview, or it is the end of the previous interview, that I did with my cousin Rhys Linnett. So, I hope you enjoyed that interview with him. Make sure that you go and check that interview out episode of 412 – Interview: Life Working as a Brickie in Australia with Rhys Linnett. So, in that interview, we talked a lot about working as a tradie in Australia, what kinds of expectations you should have, work life on the trade sites with other guys in Australia in particular, you know, workplace bullying, what’s okay, what’s not okay. So, that was a really good interview, and then after that interview, he and I spoke a bit about his career as a karate fighter, a karate champion. So, Rhys has actually traveled the world quite a bit, more when he was younger, competing as a professional karate fighter, and he now teaches in Dubai. So, he has scored a job recently. He got sponsored, sent to Dubai, and hired to teach karate there full-time.
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Awesome, awesome, man. We should just quickly switch onto Karate, I guess. So, Rhys, can you tell me how on earth did you end up as a black belt in karate world champion, who is about to move to Dubai for, potentially, two years being a sensei over there? In your own dojo, is it? So, just give me the story and talk to me about what’s about to happen.
So, I’ve got this job in Dubai teaching kids that like after school care, so basically is for a lot of expats that are working long hours and, you know, their kids are over there, you know, doing school and they just don’t have, you know… they’re going to put them into daycare, they want them to get something out whether it be sort of soccer, swimming, just general sports or for my aspect Karate. So we’re going over there doing that and then with the opportunity to open up my own club within the company that I’m working for.
I got the job through a mate of mine that I met travelling overseas and competing from England and I just sort of put my name down and, you know, I had to go through all these interview processes and I actually didn’t think it was going to get the job and then, yeah, eventually, you know, three, four weeks ago, I found out I got the job. So, that’s just sort of fell in my lap a little bit, and it was just sort of fortunate that my mate was… obviously had the job there because it made it a lot easier, ’cause I’m quite good friends with him so, you know, he probably would have put in a good word for me, I’m assuming. I mean I suppose starting karate was probably from getting bullied at school. My mum was just, you know, sort of fed up with me coming home and, you know, kids generally are cruel to each other. So, having some sort of escape and somewhere that you feel confident within yourself, I suppose, is, you know, is quite good, and karate, I think every kid in their life and at least tries karate, you know, it’s one of those things that I think it’s like a… especially in any of the Westernised country where it’s such a big thing, you know what I mean? And all the movies that you see and stuff like, everyone wants to sort of try it. So, I think it was bound for me to try it eventually, and, yeah, I just fell in love with it when I started, started competing, got really into it, was training like every day. I started doing, you know, Vic State Championships, started doing well in them, started doing national championships, started doing well at them, then started going overseas, starting doing well in them, and then basically, yeah, just progression, and just working really hard for, you know, for big tournaments and just doing lots of preparation and, yeah, end up going to big tournaments and doing pretty well. So, it’s been a long process. It didn’t just happen overnight. I mean, I’ve been doing Karate for nearly 13 years now, and it would have been probably four years were like the golden years for me, like, where I was winning lots of tournaments, going overseas, travelling for karate, going… you know, several different tournaments overseas and missing school and stuff like that. So, it was always really awesome for me, you know, being 15, going overseas, training with people and competing, and while my friends were at school, like, you know, doing exams and stuff like that and I would just get sort of pardoned for it and didn’t have to do them. So, it was always really cool for that aspect.
But, yeah, it just sort of… it sort of just, yeah, from bullying, I suppose, yeah, I just got involved in that, and it did really make me so much more confident in myself, and dealing with bullies in not just a physical way. You know, a lot of people think we learn karate to defend yourself and physically, you know, block a punch and punch someone back, but it’s more… I wouldn’t ever try to fight somebody with my hands and stuff like that, I fight them by, you know, I calm the situation down walk away, because, I mean, I’ve been injured so many times and, you know, this is a big thing in Australia remember this this ‘one punch’, you know, people can die, and it’s just… it’s not worth it, you know, to me. I do fighting for sport. I don’t need to do it when if I’m out at a bar with my friends, you know?
So, what is the one punch thing exactly? Can you talk about that?
So, it’s basically a king hit where they punch someone from behind at the back of the head, and generally what happens is when you get knocked out, your brain hits your skull and then, after that, when you get hit again, so your head hitting the ground, is really, really bad for your brain. And a lot of people will wake up, feel fine, go to sleep, and never wake up again.
And it’s been a big thing they’ve cracked down… and I know in Sydney it’s really a big thing they’ve cracked down on. That… you know, they’re really trying to get that one punch out of, you know… for people doing it, and they’re really trying to crack down on people doing it. I know if you… if anybody’s a boxing fan, if they see the boxer from Australia, Danny Green he’s a big supporter of (getting rid of) the one punch, where they’re really trying to eradicate it, and he speaks a lot about it after his fights and previously before his fights about it.
So, why do you think that is so common in like Australian, I guess, pub culture with guys in their say 20s, probably? It’s become sort of… not necessarily popular, but like a common thing that people seem to be punching strangers or getting into fights purposefully, but then, yeah, hitting someone once, them hitting the ground, hitting concrete, and then dying.
I think it’s because as well the drinking culture in Australia, and especially with younger men, I mean, I’m sure I’ve done it several times. Your eyes are a lot bigger than your stomach. You think you drink a lot more than you can. You drink way too much and, you know, somebody says something that’s probably… it’s probably not even that insulting to you at all. It’s probably just something that they’ve, you know, he said and you’ve just taken to the complete wrong context, let it sort of go, it’s stewed in your head, and then you just go up and try and hit him. I know for me and all my friends, you know, I’ve spoken to a lot of the times, because I have been knocked out cold, and I’ve told them about how dangerous it is when you get knocked out and you hit your head again.
Was that in one of these instances or was that only in competing?
Sorry, from competing, not in a bar or anything else like that. From competing. And it just basically my coach telling me that, you know, if you’re ever in a tournament and you do knock somebody out that you really want to try to make sure you catch them before they hit the ground, because it’s not the knockout that is bad for you, it’s when you hit your head again.
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But the trouble is, I think too, people don’t realise and I’ve learnt this from being surrounded by MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighters, you probably have two or three of those that you can experience in your life before you have significant brain damage. One of them can potentially lead to noticeable brain damage, but if you get knocked out cold three times, I think like in the UFC some of those guys… they won’t, like, let them fight again or they’ll tell them, you know, if you keep doing this, you’re going to end up with some significant mental issues.
Yeah, exactly. I mean, I know it’s, it’s… I mean, there’s so many studies they do with NFL (National Football League) players, they do with MMA fighters, you know, kickboxers, Muay Thai fighters, Karate full contact fighters, you know, like, I’m sure rugby players in Australia, in other countries… they’ve done so many studies about it and the effects it does. You know, I know heaps of people, like, I’ve got a kick boxing coach, I’ve known him for ages, and then sometimes he forgets my name. You know, and I know him quite well, and he’s really punch-drunk all the time. Like, he’s such a great guy, but he just sounds really dopey when you talk to him and it’s because he’s been hit in the head too many times, he’s been knocked out too many times.
Yeah. So, what’s punch drunk for those who don’t know that term or expression means?
So, punch-drunk is basically when it’s… you’ve been hit in the head too many times from other like a contact sport, whether it be, you know, martial arts or footy or NFL or rugby, and basically you just sort of speak with a bit of a slurred, sometimes a big characteristic or you forget things like, just really basic things, you know, like people’s names is a big one that you’ve just met. You know, you might have just met them and then 5 minutes later you can’t remember their name. You know? Or, yeah, slurring your words, forgetting things, like, you know, we forget just really basic things, like, you know, you’ll go to… you’ll go out for dinner and you forget your wallet. Things like that. It just basically means that, you know, you run a bit slower than normal… the normal person at your age, I suppose.
So, what was it like worrying about this kind of stuff when you were fighting? Was it ever in your head, “Okay, like, I’m fighting, but I need to make sure I don’t have to get knocked out”, or is it something you don’t really think about?
I don’t think you really think about it at the time. It’s sort of like… I suppose if you ask any surfer if they think about sharks when they’re surfing, you know? It’s something you just don’t really think about. I think that people who… for example, my mom, I know she would think about it a lot, just because she kind of sees it from a distance. She kind of looks at the bigger picture, whereas I look at the… I want to fight, I want to do well, I want to, you know, get a good a… I suppose like ranking, you know, in the world, I want to be a world champion. You sort of push all the other stuff to the side. Same, you know, surfers or mountain bikers or skateboards, stuff like that, you don’t really ever think about crashing and hurting yourself. You sort of think about the positive side of things.
I think, I suppose, as I got sort of older and started to compete less then I started to think about it more… and more, just as well, especially, you know, for a long term, wanting to get a wife and kids and stuff like that, I don’t want to sort of… don’t want my face to be all… you know, mangled, and have cuts all over it, and stuff like that just ’cause it’s a little…you know, pretty and stuff like that, you want to still have a…
For context, Rhys is actually also a model.
So, for those things, I mean, my coach used to always say to me, he’s like, “Mate, you know, if you want to get a good-looking girlfriend, you’ve got to protect yourself”, you know? “If you don’t want a good looking girlfriend, you know, you can have your nose splattered all over your face, it’s up to you”, but you know, he said, “For me, I want to have be good looking wife, I don’t know about, if you don’t care, that’s up to you, but yeah, it’s basically just protect yourself. I definitely think they want you to stop competing, you start to think about it more, and I know, whenever I teach, I always encourage, saying that, you know, it’s not always about the attack and like the countering, it is basically about protecting yourself first, especially for karate, you know, the first thing… Nobody goes to Karate and… asking, “I want to hurt people”. They go there and they want to defend themselves, and that’s the biggest starting, that’s the first thing you learn in karate is that it’s about defense.
Have you ever met any people like that coming to the dojo and say, “I’m here because I want to learn to hurt people?”.
You do meet them and generally what happens is that within a safe environment that the bigger people, the better people… It happens a lot in kickboxing, in Muay Thai, and I suppose it’d happen in jujitsu as well.
And basically, the people who are good, they smash you. They don’t hurt you, they just… they just show you that, you know, that attitude doesn’t go down well in those environments, and it doesn’t go down in any martial arts that I’ve ever met, doesn’t matter what sort of martial arts you do. If someone comes in like that, usually the people who are the big hitters, who are generally the people who are the best to train with, because they’re more helpful and they don’t… they don’t go… I just came from a seminar where I’m a lot better than anybody else, but I don’t go around pushing my weight around just beating people up because I can, I go around and I help them. So, I let them, you know, I let them throw attacks at me, you know let them go through, because it gives them confidence. If I just went and smashed everybody, well… everyone’s going to go back and I don’t want to do Karate anymore, you know what I mean?
Yeah and that’s the funny thing in jujitsu whenever you have those kinds of people who show up and say that or you get that kind of vibe from them when they’re on the mat, you can pretty much be sure they’re either going to change rapidly and lose that kind of attitude or they’re going to leave because they can’t handle being beaten by say a girl half their size, who’s been training for eight years, and could potentially kill them if they wanted to. So, it is funny how that kind of… those environments get rid of those kinds of people or change them for the better. But do you want to talk about what it’s like training for championships and where that’s taken you overseas?
So, training for championships is quite hard. It’s… I mean, I always did it when I was a bit younger, so it wasn’t too bad, but it’s always hard on your family.
What age did you start at?
I started competing when I was probably 13 and I competed up until I was about 21, and it’s just… it’s quite hard for everybody involved. So, especially… well, mainly for my parents and even my brother as well, is that sort of everybody becomes part of the competition. So, everybody is… you might be the one fighting and standing in the ring, but everyone sort of takes a toll. So, you know, my parents had to drive me to trainings on Saturdays and Sundays and Friday nights and Thursday nights, you know, or every night. So, they had to take time out of their day to do that. If I get injured, my mum has to take a day off work to look after me or take me to the hospital. If… you know, there’s a big tournament and my parents and I go and watch, my brother basically he, you know, loses time with my parents and with the family or, you know, he might not be able to go somewhere if he wasn’t old enough to drive or something like that. So, sort of everybody gets affected. For the really big ones it’s… it’s quite hard to switch off. You, generally, after the tournament, you kind of don’t know what to do with yourself because it just becomes your life where, you know, for me, for senior fights, you know, I have to be dieting, you know? Being under 60 kilos, you know, you can’t eat bread for four months, because the carbs in it, you know, it’s just too much. You can only eat pasta, you know, one meal per day, you know, for two months, and in the last month you can’t eat pasta at all. You have to be training every day. So, when you go to work, you need to make sure you don’t get hurt. You know, you don’t get the injuries. If you get cuts, you need to make sure you treat them well, you don’t get infected. You need to make sure that all your, you know, your iron, you’re eating the right food, vitamins are on point, you know, whether you have to take a multivitamin or eat more vegetables. Make sure you don’t get sick. There’s so many factors that you have to consider. And then, also, it’s about getting overseas and going over there. So, whether it be…we’re in Australia and I’m going to England or you got to think about jet-lag, so you need to make sure you sleep on the flight. Whether that being, you know, you make sure you don’t have any energy drinks or any, you know, caffeine or anything before your flight, so you sleep. Getting prepared with all, you know, your equipment and you need to make sure your equipment’s right, need to make sure you’ve packed everything. You know, there are so many… so many factors, and it’s just after that’s really hard to switch off. Generally, that’s why people go to tournaments and they will train for three years non-stop. So, you know, they might have a week off after a really big tournament just to sort of relax, but then you’re back straight into it, ’cause you don’t know what to do with yourself. It becomes your life. And it becomes, especially when you’re younger, and you’re under the age of 18, you can’t drive yourself to training and stuff like that, becomes everyone’s life where it’s kind of revolved around you.
So, would you go back and do it again exactly the same way if you could’ve?
I think that, yeah, I would. I’d probably, if anything, I would have started it earlier, because I started when I was 11 and a lot of my friends started and they were like five or six, and it kind of gave them a bit more experience in just the workings of tournaments and the lifestyle a bit. If I wanted to… and I think I would’ve done a lot better when I was older. So, when I was, you know, in my 20s and stuff like that I would have done a bit better, got better results and stuff like that from just the more experience in it.
I think I probably would have lived overseas. I would have done… ’cause I lived overseas after I stopped competing for a year, but I think I would have done it earlier, and I would have lived over there whilst I was competing, just because it’s more access to tournaments. In Australia, we’re very isolated with our competition, and I suppose it’s for any sort of martial arts is where you need to be getting in rounds with different people and fights that you noticed that our boxes our kickboxers our MMA fighters, you know, our jujitsu fighters and stuff, they’re up there, but there’s only a select few. You know, there wouldn’t be any more than 20 world ranked highly (successful) fighters, whether it be in any sort of martial arts, I believe, in the world, as opposed to if you go to, you know, the States or, you know, Europe, there’s just so many more fighters, or Asia, or, you know, anywhere like that, or you know South America, where there’s so much more, because there’s so many more opportunities to do fights. So, it’s… for a fighter’s perspective you really need to be living over where there’s this possibility you can fight for karate. There’s, you know, in Europe there’s tournaments every weekend. In Australia there’s probably seven really good tournaments to go to per year.
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And you can go to seven within four weeks over Europe.
So, you would say it’s actually surprisingly expensive as a sport then, right? As a result of that.
The best… It’s exactly that, it’s a lot more for personal growth rather than financial growth. The most money I’ve ever won from a tournament was 2 thousand dollars and it cost me 8 thousand dollars to get there, just the flight. Not including any of the training leading up, none of the tournament leading up to that. Any of the, you know… you know, new gears that I might need to get or the karate equipment or mouth guards or you know, injuries, you know for days off work that I had to have. That’s just what it cost me to fly over there and my accommodation and I’ve got 2000 back from it.
So, that’s the most money I’ve ever won and, you know, it barely even covered… not even halfway there what it cost me to go there.
So, to be fair that having that experience has led to you getting this job now where you’re ending up in Dubai on a pretty sizable pay check for a few years. So, it has been worth it I take it.
Yeah it has and I think that that’s just from perseverance where I’ve… I never trained it for the money. I mean, like a lot of people will say, you know, we hear people saying that like “Oh, MMA, you know, I’ll never do it for the money”, or, you know, whoever it might be, “I’ll never do it for money”, but when you getting like four, five million dollars per fight… pretty sure you’re doing it for half of the money, you know what I mean? I mean, it’s not all just for personal growth. Where for us you don’t get any money at all, it is just for personal growth and I was aiming for… I had a goal that I was aiming for. I might not have gotten, but the journey between it had led me into different things, getting really good friends with people, you know, when I went to England one of the times I had free accommodation for a month, just from meeting somebody that I competed with and they would said, “No, if you’re coming over, you know, you’re more than happy to stay there”. So, you know, it’s not just personal growth for fighting, but also just for your life as well. And also, it’s landed me this job in Dubai to teach there. And, you know, who knows what other doors may open and just from going there from that? So, it’s not just the competing side, it obviously’s opened up many pathways for me to… you know, whether be coaching or whether it be opening my own club or whether it be coaching for specific teams or, you know, just for fighting or whoever knows what it might be. I mean, I’ve just finished doing some seminars on the weekends and stuff like that, you know, it’s a nice little pay check for the weekend for me, and it’s… I wouldn’t have had those opportunities if I didn’t do all the training I did. And, you know, people pay me to go to teach them stuff that I’ve had to pay to learn, and then eventually I’m sort of, you know, I’m roughly getting that money back. So, it sort of does level itself out.
I guess, bringing it back to the listeners, if they potentially are moving to Australia or have just gotten here and they either do karate or already or want to take it up or maybe their kids do karate already or the kids want to take it up, what kind of advice would you have for them on where to train and what style to try to take up?
Well if you’re… definitely, If you’re going to any one of the states, if you… basically, if you’re type into Google, especially if you’re in Australia, the AKF (Australian Karate Federation), and then whatever state you’re living whether it be Victoria, NSW, Queensland, W.A. or Northern Territory, Tasmania, Canberra… if you go through the AKF, they’ll have people you can talk to from each state, I’m pretty sure from each state, that you can call and you can ask them and they can recommend different dojo’s to go to. So, if you practice Shotokan, Goju, Shotojuku, I mean, there are so many styles. You can either aim to go to your style, and they’ll have, you know, a few different clubs that are registered through the AKF that you can go to, and then they can, you know, you can just work out whichever is closest to you or maybe you recognise someone’s name from somewhere or a style, you can go to that one. They’ll be able to put you in the best direction. So, that’s probably the best bet to go, especially more for karate. But apart from that, I would assume that most organisations whether, you know, Jujitsu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Judo… there’s going to be an Australian Federation for it that you can, you know, phone up, talk to somebody, and they’ll be able to point you in… and maybe not in the exact direction, but in the right direction to go to, to get somewhere to be able to train.
Ah, awesome, and the things that they need to look out for if they do end up at a club, like…just, I guess, obvious things that are good or bad?
I think… it’s… I think if you do practice it, you’re going to get to pick it straight away. I wouldn’t say there’s anything like very obvious to look for, but if you’re new and you want to start training somewhere, I would say, especially for karate, if you can find somewhere through the AKF, they’re generally quite good. I’m not saying that other karate dojos aren’t, it’s just that from my personal knowledge that I know that people who compete in the AKF and are registered through them. It’s actually really expensive and quite hard. You have to have a specific coaching accreditation. You have to be at least a third dan that is recognised by the AKF and the WKF (World Karate Federation). You know, they’re… you have to have all, you know, obviously all of your paperwork business that need to be registered, insurances, things like that, just to be registered through the AKF. So, you’re sort of ticking off not only the training boxes, but also sort of the leagues side of things as well. So, you don’t have to worry so much about, you know, someone stealing your money or something like that for fees and things like that, ’cause it’s… you know, if they’re within that AKF, they’re probably to be caught out before you even start training with them.
So, I think that if you’re doing… if you want to do any martial arts, just if anything, if you find somewhere, just Google them or call up a, you know, a federation and ask them do they know, have you heard these people? or this this club? And just sort of, yeah, just do you research a bit before you start signing up for anything straightaway.
Brilliant. And before we finish up, what’s the worst injury you’ve ever had, and how did that happen?
There’s been a few, probably I think the worst for a longevity was I broke or my fractured both my feet in one tournament, and I didn’t know at the time, because I did one twice. So, I went to kick someone in the body and they blocked it with putting their arm down and hit their elbow. So, it was my right foot first and I thought, “Oh, well I’m just not going to kick with my right foot anymore”. I thought it was just… it’s happened to me before where it’s just been swollen, but I didn’t realise at the time it was fractured. And so, I kicked my other foot in another division and I did the same thing with my left foot. So, I thought, you know, “Oh, my left foot is really bad now” so, I thought… I’m right footed. I thought it was more natural. I thought I’d probably be bale to get it in, and it happened a third time, and I ended up winning one of the division and coming second in the other one.
And then, afterwards, I thought everything was okay, just my feet were a little bit sore, and then I couldn’t walk. So, I had to have my friend carrying me to her car, drove home, got home, it was just getting progressively worse. So, I went to the hospital and they basically said that the X-rays look like my bones and my feet were more like spider webs. So, they had cracks all between my feet. So, they said that they… it wasn’t bad enough, there was no significant actual cracks between the bones, so they couldn’t cast it. So, they had to just, basically, bandage them up and I had to pretty much get a wheelchair back to the car, and then I couldn’t walk around for about a week. So, I had to sit in bed, and that was probably the worst time, because I couldn’t get a cast on it. They were always, you know, I mean, you never think about how often you bump your feet, but, you know, you drop an empty water bottle, and then if you’ve got fractures, you know, it’s like dropping a brick on your feet. So, that was probably the worst one just because you’re always… you know, you can’t walk anywhere, you can’t really do anything, so, especially sitting in… sitting in your bed for a week, and this was before Netflix.
That’s the worst! I guess, the last question karate or bricklaying? Are you going to pick one of them over the other or do you think they both have a spot in your life in the future?
I think, I’m probably leaning more towards karate, because bricklaying for me… I enjoy doing it and I’ll still, like, when I get my own place, if I need to fix things, I’ll still obviously do it then. You know, I’ve got friends, family friends, someone that need something small fixed or I just need something done on the cheap, I’m more than happy to do it then. I always keep a couple of tools lying around for doing it. But for me karate’s just I think it’s become more of my life. I’ve done a fair bit longer and I think it’s just more for me… I can, you know, I can do it for longer. You know, you can always see things on YouTube. There’s this 96-year-old Japanese dude who’s, you know, breaking bricks with his head or something like that, and you’re just like, how’s he still be able to do that at that age?
There’s no 96-year-old or no 93-year-old bricklayers doing the same sort of equivalent in bricklaying.
No, no, exactly. So, you know, as a brickie, you’re basically… once you get to like 60, you’re pretty much… you’ve have had it. So, you know, you hear people… about being able to train, and things as well it’s… you know, you don’t always have to do the technique and do the movements. You can teach a lot of time by explaining things and, you know, especially when you get quite good and you know basically all the techniques and all the drills and all the, you know, the katas and whatever it might be inside out. You can do a lot of the teaching by explaining it and it just conversing in knowledge, rather than actually demonstrating something. So, I think for me it’s for the longevity I’ll be able to do it for longer and still make reasonable money over it and yeah.
Brilliant, dude! Well, thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it, man. And if people want to find out more about you, do you have an Instagram or anything they can follow?
Yeah, there’s nothing really about my karate that’s on there, but I will be starting a bit more of it when I’m in Dubai, because it’s going to be more for my teaching, not so much somebody else’s. So, I’ve always taught for somebody else. Whereas this one is going to be more for me. So, yeah, we just…it’s RhysEdward and with an L at the end. (@RhysEdwardL)
And, yeah, I’ll attach that at the bottom. But, cheers, dude! Thank you so much.
No worries, man. Thank you!
Alright, guys. So, that was it. Thank you, big thank you to my cousin Rhys Linnett for coming on the podcast once again to chat to us about fighting, about karate, about how he got into that sport, travelling the world, and everything else in there.
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