Fighting Fit?

Well, I’m as ready as I am ever likely to be for this stint in the circus along with Zach, Gary, Ethan and Jack which begins early next week. Leg stable (if still slightly enlarged) and now working as normal: preliminary experiments with teeterboards completed, awaiting some adventures with a real one (properly hinged pivot, for a start!) when we arrive. There’s no obligation for us to put it into the act, but the circus would quite like us to I think, even if we need to involve some additional expertise that’s already in their company. No-one there is actually doing the act at the moment, and we would definitely need a lot more practice before doing it in public! All things considered, Zach, Gary and I could be considered ‘fighting fit’ I suppose.

Wonder why ‘fighting’? Well, guys have always liked fighting:


Something about needing to be better than the other guy! Whether it be just for fun…


…or a bit more serious…




Training for it makes all the difference, of course…


Some like to use their feet as weapons whilst wrestling:

feet 1

…and a foot placed on the face by the victor is commonly seen:

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…especially in clubs for kids in South Africa:

Feet 2

…I guess they have the same foot-hygiene rituals as we do!

Some fighters prefer to show off their ‘true grit’ alone, like karate champion Sage Northcutt:

fighter sage northcutt

Grrrrrrrrrrrr! Here’s a fighter ready for (I think) a mixed-martial-arts bout:


He looks ready for anything, even with a damaged elbow – he’d be welcome round at our place any time he wants!

Pause for the next cryptic Cluedo (no.9)

Present exercise not mastered (11)

Remember that the clue, or the answer, has something (not necessarily obvious) to do with our blog theme of fitness!

One real ‘toughie’ remains to come in this set of 10: first person to send me all ten correct answers at gets a free book!

Cover1 ThumbCover2 ThumbCover 3 Thumb…one of these (ideally the first one if you’re a new reader). All 3 make excellent Christmas presents for anyone sympathetic to the gay male lifestyle, to acrobatics and fitness, and who likes a bit of a ‘thriller’ built in (twice!). More information by clicking covers: also available as e-books from Amazon and Kindle. Fully equipped with words (about 750,000 of them!!).

Now, where were we?

Training as a fighter certainly builds an impressive physique:

carving impressive

…definitely something to be proud of there! From the finger bandages I guess this next guy may be a boxer:

bw gym bunny

Time spent on the bars – in the street or gym – is time well spent:


…and having a very ‘basic’ gym is not necessarily a handicap if you make good use of what you have, like this rope:


Partners are not only for fighting:


…but for encouragement and for setting goals for one another!


Well, we’re all up to Lexington now for a fight – courtesy Leon and Dane’s city wrestle club – and a generous helping of late-night fun (courtesy Leon and Dane!) – then on Monday the circus-bound three of us fly off northwest whilst Dave, Pete and Ivo return to hold the ‘fort’ at the gymnastics centre. Should be able to keep the posts coming pretty regularly, I hope.

Final thought: a match between these two would be pretty amazing, wouldn’t it! If only…

fighterfighter sage northcutt

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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