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By Paul Warren

ISBN-10: 174343992X

ISBN-13: 9781743439920

Paul "Warlord" Warren used to be an Australian Muay Thai kickboxing champion who was once used to the bodily punishing global of martial arts at its maximum point. yet not anything might organize him for the torment he could face within the Australian military. One month after he arrived in Afghanistan as a soldier within the Australian Defence strength, an IED exploded, tearing off his correct leg and immediately killing his pal, deepest Ben Ranaudo. It used to be July 18, 2009, and Ben was once the campaign's eleventh fatality. deepest Warren's lifestyles was once kept by means of the short paintings of his battalion, who received him a helicopter inside sixteen mins for surgical procedure. Paul used to be flown to Germany after which again to Australia, the place he obtained therapy for his accidents in Brisbane. even supposing he had basically recognized his associate, Dearne, for 4 months ahead of his deployment, she moved to Brisbane to help his recovery.There have been many darkish occasions as Paul struggled with the shattering results of PTSD, and guilt and grief over the loss of life of Benny. At his lowest ebb, Paul considered taking his personal lifestyles, as such a lot of different infantrymen in related situations proceed to do. restoration used to be a gradual and every now and then desperately painful procedure, however the self-discipline and longevity he'd discovered from his martial arts heritage and the fierce love of Dearne helped him mend. The Fighter is a narrative of braveness, decision, and love that may circulation all who learn it.

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It’s an art, not a sport. In the late 1990s, there weren’t gyms on virtually every corner, as there are today. The perfect gym for me would have been NTG (Nugget’s Thai Boxing Gym), in Brisbane. And, yes, it really is run by a guy named Nugget. There are now other good ones, including Strikeforce on the Gold Coast, run by Mark Pease, and Joe Hilton’s Sunshine Coast Thai Boxing. Then there’s Boonchu on the Gold Coast, run by the one and only John Wayne Parr, who is still defying Father Time and fighting the world’s best, even though he’s at the business end of his thirties.

Yet while I’d competed in a lot of sporting events before, nothing came anywhere near the size, or significance, of the inaugural Invictus Games. This is where I made my debut as a runner, my lower right leg replaced by the type of blade worn by notorious South African Oscar ‘the Blade Runner’ Pistorius. I probably should have competed in a small local athletics meet before the Games, to get my act together, rather than start off in front of thousands of noisy fans, the world’s media and a handful of hugely supportive royals.

Steve, who had a strong reputation, was featuring on the bill, competing for a Queensland title belt. ’ he asked the class one day. ’ The older guys in the group nearly choked when I raised my hand without a moment’s hesitation. I was in. Once again, I was setting myself up to learn something the hard way. To prepare, in addition to my Tuesday and Thursday classes, Steve and I began extra fitness sessions on the weekends, gruelling runs up and down Redwood, a track that stretches around the Great Dividing Range.

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