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By pete — 9 months ago
Learn Australian English in this vlog episode of Aussie English where I head to the Collector Pumpkin Festival and experience some Australian culture and food, as well as get to check out Australia’s biggest pumpkin!
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AE 444 – Vlog: Australia’s Biggest Pumpkin
Hit the road, Jack, and don’t you come back…
What’s up, guys? Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today is going to be a…. Today is going to be a really good episode. The glasses just went under my seat and I’ll have to find them later. We have stocked up on stuff. So, we got some drinks here. What else have we got Kel? We got some… We got nuts and fruit, and nuts and fresh, healthy snacks for the road. So, we are about to hit the road and where are we going, Kel? We’re going a pumpkin festival. Pumpkins! Alright, let’s go.
Alright, so food and drink in hands, we hit the road. It was about 40 minutes or so along the highway up north until we got to Collector, and then we were faced with this.
So, initially I was like, “Okay, what’s going on? Is the police checking people or something before they get there? But no, it was just that the road was blocked like crazy. People were parking on the sides of the roads here and then walking in, and initially, I was thinking, “Okay maybe we can do that, you know? Maybe we’ll just park wherever we can find a park and walk in.”. But I thought, “I’ll stay in the car, we’ll keep driving and see what happens.”. My God! We were in the car for about 40 minutes driving along a road that was probably a kilometre long. I shit you guys not. It took forever. It was crazy.
Alright, guys, so we are here in collector and Jesus Christ. What is this? This is crazy. So crazy, guys.
Jesus! We’re finally here you, guys. What an ordeal. I think we spent more time on the road driving about 500 metres than we did getting leave from Canberra to here. So, here we are. Let’s go see what it’s about.
So, it was pretty cute. There are loads of people, already leaving though. It was about lunchtime and there was a heap of people leaving. I thought, “Oh, it’ll be slow. There won’t be that many people”, but there was still a shit ton of people. So, here you can see the the gates. We had to pay about 10 bucks a person, I think, 10 bucks a head to get in. We could obviously pay with cash on the left side and if EFTPOS on the right side. So, that is using your, I guess, just using your bank card, right? So, you use the EFTPOS machine, which is that little machine they used to do the transaction. And this chick was having a bit of trouble with the machine as we went through. And something interesting you might not know about, in Australia we have Pay Pass, we call it, where you can just touch the card on to the machine and it senses the microchip in the card and the transaction goes through. So, if it’s an order or some kind of payment under 100 dollars, you can do that and you don’t have to enter any pin or anything like that.
So, we got in it and man it was hot, and I forgot my god damn hat! This is what happens when you forget your hat, guys. I’ve got to stand in line for ages. I’ve got to pee, gotta pee, gotta pee, gotta pee! If you guys have ever wondered what the inside of portaloo looks like, a portatoilet, here you go. This is it. Check this out. Don’t drop the phone!
If you guys have already seen the movie Kenny, you definitely need to check out that movie. It’s great. And it’s all about portaloos, so outhouses. What else? The brick shithouses. Although, these ones are plastic. Portaloos, we call them. Portaloos. But, yeah, check out the film if you haven’t. There should be a picture here showing you.
So, obviously being a pumpkin fate or fair there were pumpkins everywhere the I could see for sale. There were stores selling pumpkins. There were pumpkins on the ground holding things down, weighting down signs, they were all over the place. You could eat them. We went in to a…, I guess, it’s the town hall, some kind of building where you could see all of these pumpkin dishes that were being, I guess, assessed and voted on. You could see this crazy pumpkin cakes and carved pumpkins as well. There was one there that was huge that was number one that looked like a jack-o’-lantern from Halloween. And then, there were the smallest pumpkins awards, I guess, for those as well. So, they were pretty cute.
So, we made our way out, walked around a little bit, and I stumbled upon the largest pumpkin, and this thing was huge! I think I could have crawled up inside of this, had it been hollow. It was massive, guys. I don’t think I could have lifted it. It was absolutely huge. And I would love to know how long that took to grow. Far out! And what steroids were they giving it? Huge! Huge!
So, we kept going, kept having a look, and then we stumbled upon what looked like sheep in a paddock. I was like, “Something interesting’s going on here.”. And this guy was talking about herding sheep using cattle dogs, using these Kelpies, these two black and white Kelpies in the background.
So, we were walking around checking out these different stalls, all kinds of leather products, there were clothes, and then we found a whole heap of picture frames, hippie clothing, candles, different aroma things, all sorts of soaps, heaps and heaps of stuff. This is the kind of stuff you’ll see at these markets, these farmer’s markets.
And then, we came across the food stalls and this is where things started to get pretty good, guys. So, I was getting pretty hungry by this point and decided that it was time to get something to eat and we were also pretty thirsty. And so, what’s really common at these fetes and at pretty much any public event, you’re going to see things that are like hot food stands. So, you’re going to see hot dogs, which is like a sausage in a bun, you know? It’s a pretty American thing, but it’s popular here too. You’ll see all kinds of meat. This one also had hot chips. That’s a really common thing to find that these stalls where you get chips with sauce and salt on them in little buckets, kind of like coffee mugs, or coffee cups, the cardboard coffee cups but bigger. You get those. And then there were battered savs!
Alright, guys. So, I thought I had to do some food for you in this vlog. This is a battered sav. So, this is a sausage in batter that’s been deep fried, and then it’s been dipped in it’s sauce, tomato sauce of course. And, wow. It’s pretty good as you would imagine any dried… deep* fried food is. So, I’m going to hand this over to Kel and give her a bit of a go.
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Yeah cheers. Cheers, Kel! Kel! What did you…? What did you…? There’s nothing left! What did you do? You smashed it! This is so unfair, guys. We might have to get another one.
So, I thought there was this scarecrow in the middle here, and then I looked sideways, and I was like, “This crowd’s pretty thick.”, and all of a sudden, I realized they’re all on sticks, and these people standing up are all scarecrows as well. These are… They’re not people. They’re all scarecrows. I had no idea. I thought it was just a really thick crowd.
So, this is how multicultural Australia gets, guys. We out in the middle of, you know, woop woop in a town called Collector and we have here German hot dogs, Turkish Gozleme, we’ve got Tian Farm chicken food. What else have we got? Some authentic organically grown… Dunno whats, and then the French crepes as well. So, there’s stuff from all over the world in this tiny little fete/fair thing. Crazy! where’s the Brazilian food, Kel? I’m still looking for it.
I was thinking this was some African country or something, guys, like Uganda. And then I got it. “Uwana”, “(Do) you want a coffee?”. Ok, I get it. I get it.
We also stumbled upon some guy doing a kid’s show. He was playing this pipe like the didgeridoo and singing about native Australian animals, which was pretty cute.
Skip like a kangaroo.
Skipping around Kakadu.
Little joey in the pouch.
Two ears sticking out.
And then after that, we stumbled upon some old carriages that were drawn by horses.
And it looks like we got some really old good carriages out the back here, guys. So, people getting rides on those. Let’s have a look and see if we can see one go past.
And I don’t know whether or not this was paid, but you could jump on these things and they would take you for a ride around this paddock or this oval, it could have been a cricket field, but it looks really cool. So, I sat there and watched them come round.
A common scene at all fairs, guys. The dunny queue.
What do you think, guys? Is this pretty “punny”. Instead of “bandicoot”, “bandicute”.
We kept walking around after that looking at different stalls and Kel found a really cute store where you could buy baby’s clothing called “Bandicute”. Pretty funny pun. So, we grabbed something there from my niece. That was pretty cool, except for the fact that Kell’s card didn’t work so I ended up having to pay for that one. Thanks, Kel.
But, yeah, there were all kinds of bookstalls. There were stores selling Australian stuffed animals. There were stores selling signs made out of Australian animals. Then there were bracelets and jewellery, plants, you could get succulents and cacti, and even, I think, some carnivorous plants, right? So, things like the picture plants and the Venus fly traps, which I found pretty interesting. Wasn’t expecting to see that.
And then of course the ice cream truck or the ice cream van. Now, this is a very common sight in Australia.
Another really famous thing to say goes here when you come to these fairs is the ice cream truck, usually with a big, big line in front of it. So, there you go. Although, I’m not going have any ice. Not today.
It’s not just me that says it, guys. When things go wrong!
It wouldn’t be a fete, guys, without a sausage sizzle and the sauce hiding in. Some bread, sausage, and there you go.
We also ended up hearing some bagpipes being played in the background, which was pretty random, and there was a group of maybe 15 or so people standing in a circle in one of these pavilions just playing these bagpipes incredibly loudly. So, went and had a look at that.
And then, we were pretty much done for the day. We’d been there for a few hours. We were pretty wrecked, had eaten a little bit, walked around.
Alright, guys, I think we’re a faired out, smashed it out, managed to only eat a little bit of dirty food, and didn’t break the bank, although Kel did trick me. She got me. Oh my god! So, we ended up buying something from my niece.
So, I think we’re going home now. Pretty wrecked, pretty wrecked. Lots of sun exposure. I got my vitamin D for the day. I tell you what!
And another thing, I guess, that was kind of interesting was that there were two of these graveyards on either side of the main street as we walked out of this fair, and this you’ll see a lot in Australian towns, especially small towns that are quite old. You’ll see that churches quite often have graveyards next to them.
And of course as soon as we got out we needed coffee. So, we went to Some Café, and the café at the intersection there.
As always, guys, we’ve got to do a pit stop and get some coffee.
And sat around, got some coffee, and also tried some delicious treats here. So, I think that we grab some carrot cake here. That was delicious. And yeah, I just can’t get enough of the carrot cake.
And then it was time to head home. So, we got in the car. We got out pretty quickly, fortunately. It wasn’t to block, but then we hit traffic, and we were like, “Okay, what the hell is going on? Why is the highway where we should usually be driving at about 110 Ks an hour, why are we moving out like five kays an hour?”. So, we sat there for ages and then the GPS told us that had been an accident up ahead, interestingly enough. And so, we were waiting for ages, like four or five kilometres of just heaps of people heading back to Canberra.
Man, I can’t believe this shit! We get back on the highway were meant to be doing 110, and how fast are we going Kel? That’s 10 kilometres. 100 kilometers to slow. So, there’s been some accident, apparently, up here, but it feels like we got to Collector earlier on and we were going the same speed for about 20 minutes trying to get to the town to park and now we’re just trying to get home. We’re doing the same shit again. God damn it! Hopefully everyone’s okay in the accident, but far out!
And I was expecting to see some epic carnage when we got there, but it had all been taken away. And so, we just passed a few cop cars and the firies, and that was about it. Then we headed home.
Good thing on the way home though, I thought “Another excuse to do some photography”. We passed these horses in a field near a horse club of some kind or some place where some person obviously takes care of people’s horses on their land. So, these fields were full of about 20 horses, and we got out of the car, and they all came over to us. It was beautiful, and Kel got to do some photography whilst the sun was setting with these horses in the background.
Alright, guys. That is it for me today. I hope you enjoy this vlog. Let me know, do you guys like pumpkins? Comment below and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and the bell icon if you would like to keep up to date with all the latest videos. I hope you have an amazing night, guys, and I’ll see you in the next one. Peace!
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By pete — 10 months ago
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.
So, this one has a lot of vocab related to fighting and injuries and travel. So, I really think you’re going to enjoy this episode, guys.
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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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This is an interview episode with my friend Shana who is an ESL teacher. In this episode we discuss the topic of dating as well as the numerous words and expressions used to refer to it in the US and Australia. We are hoping to do more of these episodes in the future on other interesting topics.
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To make out – to kiss
To pick up on (someone) (US) – to hook up with, to have physical relations with someone, i.e. kissing, etc.
To pick up (someone) (Aus) – to hook up with, to have physical relations with someone, i.e. kissing, etc.
To hit on – to make sexual advances towards someone.
Blind date – A date where people have been set up by friends and have never seen one another before.
Matchmaker – someone who matches two people to go on a date, etc.
Set up – when a friend or friends has organized a date for two people.
Dating – To be seeing someone romantically on a regular basis (the stage before being “together” or being in a relationship.
Single (and ready to mingle) – Said when you are a single person ready to meet other single people.
To cross paths – to meet, to come across by chance.
Fate – the development of events outside of a person’s control; destiny.
A soul mate – a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner.
To hit it off – to get along very well
To ask out (on a date) – to ask someone to go on a date with you.
To break the ice – to do or say something to relieve tension or to get conversation going in a situation or when strangers meet.
To hookup – to pick up, to make out, etc.
To have game – to be talented at talking to the opposite sex.
The bases – 4 bases – (from baseball) said when referencing how far you got when hooking up with someone.
• 1st – kissing
• 2nd – touching or feeling above the waist.
• 3rd – touching or feeling below the waist.
• 4th base / home base – to sleep with someone / to have sex.
A gold-digger – someone who is in a relationship with someone else only because they have a lot of money.
To go all the way – to sleep with someone / to have sex with someone.
To get some – To get some physical action from / with someone.
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