Another Year Older, Another Year Wiser (maybe)

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Hello again, yes I am far behind on my promise to blog once a week, needless to say I have some catching up to do.  So some of you may have noticed via Facebook and a few other websites that my birthday is coming up.  Yes its that time of year when everyone dreads adding another tally to that thing we call age.

This year is my last year as a 20 something. By the way, thank you you to everyone who compliments me on not looking my age.  So for this blog I thought I would talk about what has been going on in my life so far and what I look forward to in the next year of my life.

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To start, family.  I don’t talk much about my family because I prefer to keep them out of the spotlight.  But I do love my family and am very thankful with their support.  This past year I came out to them and brought home my first boyfriend, they were as cool as can be with the idea of bi/gay son.  Even my grandparents were cool with it too!  While I am no longer with that first bf, I am in another relationship and cannot wait for them to meet him.  Also, I too am keeping my boyfriend out of the spotlight so please do not ask for any pictures.  He will show his face when I have his permission to show it.  My family is also expanding too.  I welcomed a sister-in-law, a sister-in-law-to-be, and two new nephews (i.e. future wrestlers/fighters) expecting arrival over the next few months!

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Training wise, my pro wrestling skills continue to improve and I am learning a few new moves every year.  I have even enlisted a friend to give me a few private lessons in an actual ring to help me in my videos.  Who knows I may make an appearance at an Indy show this year, but its something that I am keeping on the back burner for now.  In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I am preparing for my blue belt.  Its been a long time coming and I am excited to add a new color to my belt collection and climb further up on the skill ladder.  The same goes for Muay Thai Kickboxing. I will be testing for what we call shirts at my gym (as opposed to belts).  I am looking at a blue shirt in my future.  Boxing and MMA are going smoothly as well, and much like pro wrestling, I am hoping to do an official sanctioned match this year.

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I love staying in shape and in addition to all of that training I have been lifting more in an effort to put my body into the best shape of it’s life.  Now the weight is hard for me to put on but I am happy to report that I am back up to 155 lbs and aiming for 160 over the next two months. Wish me luck!

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Onto the video front.  This has been the busiest year so far for me in my wrestling career.  Not only has UCW been growing (fingers crossed we can move into a new facility this year), but I am more easy than ever to find on the internet.  If you like me as a face outside of the traditional ring then you have UCW (http://www.ucw-wrestling.com/).  If you like me in real submission wrestling matches there is Movimus Wrestling (http://movimuswrestling.com/) under the name Case “CT” Thorton.  If you like to see me as a heel beating on the muscle boys why not check out Rock Hard Wrestling (http://www.rockhardwrestling.com/).  To see me as a heel doing one sided beatdowns or other crazy stuff (vampires) then Cameron Matthews site (https://wrestlecameron.wordpress.com/) is there to service you. Finally, even though I haven’t wrestled for them in a while and I do know they have some matches saved in the vault, for everything else in between there is BG East (http://bgeast.com/).

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There are more things to come this year, I know it. Maybe a full time job as a personal trainer? Maybe an acting role on a webseries? Maybe modeling for an ad or magazine? Who knows, but I am going to make it the best!

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Feel free to wish me a Happy Birthday on February 25th via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ethanaxelandrews), Twitter (@EthanAxelAndrew), or Instagram (@ethanaxelandrews).  For those of you wishing to send something more physical in terms of a gift or card you may do so by mailing to this address; Tovar Entertainment, Attn. Ethan Axel Andrews, P.O. Box 151, Woodlyn, PA 19094.

Next blog will be up in a few days…promise!

Favorite Comics: Daredevil

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Keeping up with my New Year Resolutions I blogging once again, and reading more, specifically, comic books.   Over the break I used some of my Christmas gift money to purchase some comics.  Not the single issue monthly comics, but instead the bound collections.  I haven’t read comics since I was a kid when my parents would purchase X-Men to help me get into reading.  I am not quite sure why I stopped reading.  I never had any complaints about reading comics.  The colorful pages, the compelling stories, and fantastical always had my attention.  Whatever the reason may be I am back into it now.

Over the Christmas break I put some of my Christmas gift money to good use. After stopping at a local comic book store, I picked up DaredevilThe Sandman, and Moon Knight.  The Sandman series is not to be confused with the villain in the Marvel Universe.

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First up, Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, aka the “Man Without Fear”.  The origins of Daredevil vary but most agree on this.  Matt was the son of a widowed boxer “Battlin” Jack Murdock.   Matt was a book worm and worked to do well in school, but also secretly wished to be a great fighter like his dad and took lessons behind his back.  Matt was blinded in an accident where radioactive liquid spilled into his eyes.  As a result, his four other senses were heightened to superhuman abilities giving him  a radar like ability.  As a child he stayed away from fighting with other kids and was taunted, being called a daredevil.

Matt’s father Jack was faced with a fading career.  In fear that he would not be able to provide for Matt he got involved with a crooked businessman called the Fixer.  Through him Jack was on the rise back to being a star boxer.  On the night Matt came to “watch” his fight, Jack ignored orders to throw the fight and instead beat his opponent.  This lead to the Fixer murdering Jack and leading Matt down the path to become Daredevil.

Matt continued his studies and became a lawyer.  His heightened sense of hearing helped turn him into a human lie detector, able to listen to the heartbeats of the people he interrogated.  Matt created the persona of Daredevil to do what he could not do in the courtroom. Unbound by rules, protected by the mask he could become the vigilante of Hell’s Kitchen, his home  in New York City.

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While I love the fantastical, mystical powers and superhuman forms and abilities, Daredevil does not hold any such abilities save for his heightened senses.  A master boxer, wrestler, martial artist, and acrobat he uses his fighting skills along with an augmented cane/staff to subdue his opponents rather than cosmic abilities.  Being a fellow boxer/wrestler/martial artist myself I can come to appreciate this.

When it comes to the timeless debate between DC or Marvel I constantly find myself favoring Marvel.  I identify more often with the characters in the Marvel Universe.  While I don’t have any issues with my parent’s I have felt like an outsider before.  As a kid I wasn’t always on the playground playing with my fellow peers, at the time I had no interest in physical activity. Instead, I was usually inside the classroom studying or, more often than not,  I was trying to complete homework at the 11th hour right before a deadline.  Then around 6th grade I watched my first boxing match and fell in love with the sport and wrestling shortly there after.  In a way, you can see some of the parallels between Murdoch and I in our youth. When I set out on my professional wrestling career I set out to represent the bullied and the weak, much like Matt defending the defenseless in Hell’s Kitchen.

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This is a great year to be a Daredevil fan too!  Soon the awful Ben Affleck incarnation will be a thing of the past.  In early 2013 the movie rights for all things Daredevil reverted back to Marvel from 20th Century Fox.  As a result Marvel Studios have teamed up with Netflix to produce 4, not 1, but 4 tv series and a miniseries team-up featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the team up miniseries The Defenders.  The “Man Without Fear” this time around is Charlie Cox (Stardust, Boardwalk Empire).

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One can’t help but get excited, given Marvel Studios success on the big and small screens in recent years. Maybe even a Daredevil appearance in The Avengers? Now maybe if Marvel could get the rights for Spiderman back from Sony, and X-Men from Fox, we could have one hell of an Avengers team-up.  But that discussion is for another time.  In the mean time I hope you all too will visit your local comic store and discover your favorite comic book character.  The people there are usually knowledgeable about the products they sell and can help you find the perfect comic for you.

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New Year Resolutions

as I sit here in the final hours of 2014 I look back as the year that was. It was a great year for me I can send you nude to produce awesome videos for all of my fans. I stepped out of my comfort zone with some modeling pieces.   I also learned that nephews 2 & 3 are on the way in my family.

UCW had a rough year with the departure of a few wrestlers, Bodyslam’s, open heart surgery, and the death of the UCW mascot Winston, RIP buddy.  Despite the low points this year there are plenty of good ones we saw a new wrestler come into their own and other wrestlers gain the UCW belt.

I sit here in Chicago, in my friend’s apartment, thinking about what my goals should be for next year.  Some of you may find new year resolutions absurd or pointless. Yes, they may be pointless. However, I think it’s a good way to look at the past year while looking forward to the next and ponder about what you can do to improve things that are happening in your life. The problem with most resolutions is that people set goals that are too high for themselves. The key to keeping good resolutions is to make them obtainable. With that in mind here are my 2015 resolutions.

  1. Gain more muscle and increase weight to 165 lbs.
  2. Win the UCW belt.
  3. Blog more. Once a week at least.
  4. Earn my NASM certification.
  5. Compete in anoth BJJ tournament.
  6. Earn my blue belt in BJJ.
  7. Earn my blue shirt in Muay Thai
  8. Read more books.
  9. Brew my own beer.
  10. Cook more.
  11. Bonus Resolution…compete in a boxing, mma, or muay thai fight.

I think this is a good and realistic list to follow. What are your new year resolutions? Thank you for following. Thank you for buying my videos. I hope all of you had a good 2014. Now let us pin 2014 and bring in 2015!

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Moving in the Wrong Direction

Many of you know that I have a history of dabbling in martial arts besides wrestling.  Back in college i did a semester of Judo as part of a college elective.  Judo is an Olympic sport involving ground grappling but more importantly some spectacular and  sometimes simple or complex throws. I didn`t continue to pursue the sport for two reasons. The first was that my schedule interfered with practice times. The other reason is what I feel is a good segway into today`s blog, the club felt very elitist and cliquey.

100JPNGOLD4087 Over the past week the International Judo Federation (IJF) sent out a letter to all practicing Judo schools instating a new rule which defines the sport`s governing body. The new ruling prohibits all ranked Judoka from competing in all other grappling sports. This rule applies to but not limited to wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sambo, and Mixed Martial Arts.

To many of you this may seem like a harsh and sudden rule to be implemented in such a world wide sport. However, to me this is the dagger to the heart of a once proud sport. Over the past several years the IJF have been implementing rule after rule making traditional Judo moves illegal in competition. Rulings like this have been angering and driving people away from the sport. Moves such as the double leg takedown, ankle pick, and scoop throw have all been made illegal in an attempt to alienate wrestlers and BJJ artists.

Asley-Gonzalez-Monter-02 The biggest complaint that the IJF has been the fact that many combatants are coming into and winning Judo competitions beating out skilled, strict Judo artists. If I were a coach and that heard that statistic I would go back to my coaching routine and find a way to improve my fighter’s game strategy, not throw a temper tantrum. A temper tantrum is exactly what this is. The IJF is acting like a child that can’t have its way on the playground and therefore come up with a stupid alienating rule that works in their favor. To put this in another light, the IJF is the jealous girlfriend or boyfriend that will no longer allow you to see your friends.

I have always been taught that a true martial artist studies multiple arts to improve their mind, body, character, and combat. One martial art is not all encompassing and it certainly isn’t Judo. If the IJF is truly jealous of others coming in and winning their competitions they should look at the schools and their coaches. It is not the fault of outside competitors that their schools teach them better Judo than the actual Judo schools. Rather it is the fault of the Judo schools not teaching good Judo or how to compete against outside competitors.

Ultimately, this is the decision the IJF has made. A decision that will hurt the sport in the long run. This will not make the sport more popular but will weaken it. Fewer people in the dojos and participating in the tournaments. This will all lead to weaker Judo practitioners who will not grow to become stronger because they won’t be challenged like they are now. But for the time being we can only watch and shake our heads at the IJF and watch them alienate themselves from the martial arts community.

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JOTD – “Letters From the Sky” by Civil Twilight

Holy Crap it has been over two months since I posted anything on here.  For you loyal viewers I do apologize.  A lot has happened to me in the past  few months. I will be posting a few blogs this week which I hope you all will enjoy.  To kick things off I thought I would post one of my favorite songs that just so happen to pop up, recently, in one of the tv shows that I watch regularly.  Enjoy and will be seeing you soon.

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