Wollongong martial arts trainer in toughest fight of his life

His training

A shocking accident while training in the sport he loves has changed Bulli man Kyle Montgomery’s life forever. The well-known athlete was training at his martial arts gym in Woonona on March 29 when he suffered severe spinal damage. He was rushed to Wollongong Hospital then airlifted to Prince of Wales. “Kyle’s ability to train and focus as an athlete are skills that are already shining through, a tenacity the doctors seem impressed with as they tell him he is going to be on an intensive rehab program,” his wife Alex told the Mercury. “He keeps asking to go to the gym as much as possible and when he can start rehab. He is basically looking at this as a new physical challenge, like any other sport.” Kyle’s brother Jay said the accident caused severe spinal damage to his C4 and C5 vertebrae. “He spent almost two weeks in ICU before being moved to the acute spinal ward,” Jay said. Kyle runs Southern MMA, teaching self defense, kickboxing, wrestling, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has competed in boxing tournaments and represented Australia in the Soviet martial art and combat sport known as Sambo. Kyle, a keen rock climber, grew up in Bulli and is passionate about sharing his love of martial arts with students of all abilities and ages. “Kyle is a passionate determined, person and extremely funny. He cares deeply for all the people he is closest with and when Kyle makes a friend he makes them for life, which is evident by the rallying of support over the last two weeks,” Alex said. Kyle’s mate Matt Cave described him as an exceptional person who is very fit and active and loves life. “He is a fighter and will do everything he can to rehabilitate himself to the best he can,” Matt said. “His family and friends are raising money to help Kyle and his wife during this tough time.” A fundraiser held by UFC fighter Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski at the Central Hotel on Sunday raised more than $2000. There is a Go Fund Me page and soon a Facebook page will be set up to help Kyle into the future with the financial burden of his treatment. “The long term goals of the fundraiser is to help get a small home for Kyle built at his family residence in Bulli and any other future equipment that may be needed,” Jay said.

A shocking accident while training in the sport he loves has changed Bulli man Kyle Montgomery’s life forever.

The well-known athlete was training at his martial arts gym in Woonona on March 29 when he suffered severe spinal damage. He was rushed to Wollongong Hospital then airlifted to Prince of Wales.

“Kyle’s ability to train and focus as an athlete are skills that are already shining through, a tenacity the doctors seem impressed with as they tell him he is going to be on an intensive rehab program,” his wife Alex told the Mercury.

“He keeps asking to go to the gym as much as possible and when he can start rehab. He is basically looking at this as a new physical challenge, like any other sport.”

Kyle’s brother Jay said the accident caused severe spinal damage to his C4 and C5 vertebrae.

“He spent almost two weeks in ICU before being moved to the acute spinal ward,” Jay said.

Kyle runs Southern MMA, teaching self defense, kickboxing, wrestling, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

He has competed in boxing tournaments and represented Australia in the Soviet martial art and combat sport known as Sambo.

Kyle, a keen rock climber, grew up in Bulli and is passionate about sharing his love of martial arts with students of all abilities and ages.

“Kyle is a passionate determined, person and extremely funny. He cares deeply for all the people he is closest with and when Kyle makes a friend he makes them for life, which is evident by the rallying of support over the last two weeks,” Alex said.

Fighter: Kyle, who suffered spinal damage, on the road to recovery with the support of his family.

Serenity in everything

Kyle’s mate Matt Cave described him as an exceptional person who is very fit and active and loves life.

“He is a fighter and will do everything he can to rehabilitate himself to the best he can,” Matt said.

“His family and friends are raising money to help Kyle and his wife during this tough time.”

A fundraiser held by UFC fighter Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski at the Central Hotel on Sunday raised more than $2000.

There is a Go Fund Me page and soon a Facebook page will be set up to help Kyle into the future with the financial burden of his treatment.

“The long term goals of the fundraiser is to help get a small home for Kyle built at his family residence in Bulli and any other future equipment that may be needed,” Jay said.

How Karate Training Helped Cobra Kai’s William Zabka Get Back in Fighting Shape at 53

Bringing his character back to life has brought “extra pressure,” Zabka acknowledged during an exclusive interview with Men’s Health. “If it was a new character, it really wouldnt matter. But all of a sudden, I’m Johnny Lawrence again, and imagining what he would be doing today.

The seasons first episode received a whopping 55 million views and was the sixth most searched show on Google for all of 2018.

Zabka trained in the martial arts for years after the film, but had fallen off the wagon. Coming back to Cobra Kai had me jump back in real hard, so I could be camera ready,” he said. “Karate is like riding a bike-you jump back into it, although your joints can be a little bit different as your muscles can get sore.

Practicing karate, taekwondo, strength conditioning and cardio during the 12-14 hour work day paid off for Zabka, who was eating a lean protein and vegetables diet while Cobra Kai was in production.

By the end of the first season, I was as low as 176 pounds, eating around 1700 calories each day,” he said. “But that was a little too light for me, so I balanced it back out at my current weight at 185, which is around where I belong. My calories are a lot higher now, and I do strength and conditioning three times a week. Clearly, being healthy and at the right weight makes you feel good with lots of energy.Karate Kid Memories

Since Season Two premieres on YouTube Premium on April 24th, we thought wed sweep the leg down memory lane, with six facts you probably never knew about The Karate Kid straight from Zabka.

– On Master Pat Johnson choreographing the original movie:

Now he trains children

He trained all of us, and actually plays the referee at the end of the film, during the competition,” Zabka said. “He’s a legend in martial arts. He built me up from nothing. I didnt know anything about it when I first started. I was a wrestler in high school and very limber and athletic. The discipline that he gave physically, mentally and technically was incredible; so much so, that I trained with him after the film was over. Its amazing how his teaching has stayed with me all these years.

– On how he proved himself:

When Zabka was cast in the film, there was still a bit of hesitation in whether or not he looked like a champion martial artist. Several Columbia Studios executives, along with Macchio, were brought to the soundstage to observe his karate during one of the big fight scenes.

This was when my character was supposed to do the flying side kick into the fence and Mr. Miyagi comes in to save the day. In the room, there was also several black belt guys who looked a lot like me. I wondered if they might be there to replace me if I didnt look I could do it.

The first time I tried it, it was really sloppy-you could feel the air go out of the room. Still, Johnson said you can do this. I focused and did it again, but this time, my heel went through the pad and into the drywall, and actually punctured a hole in it. There was dust everywhere.

I felt like that was my final audition; such an exciting moment. I surprised myself-I couldnt believe that I could actually do it. They filled it up with plaster, and I carved my initials on the wall at Stage 15, which is now Warner Bros. I wonder if its still there.

– On how they prepped for the final tournament scenes

For the entire three months of shooting, Zabka and Macchio worked on the choreography for the final fight scene, wearing feet and hand pads.

Neither one of us knew karate, so we would start three feet away, and do our punches and kicks,” Zabka said. “As we got closer to the big event, we got closer and closer until we were facing each other.

Fortunately, there were no real accidents on set, but one time came close. We were filming very late at night and I was going to do a kick on Ralph,” he explained. “The camera moved to a different angle, and I was supposed to move my left foot but accidentally kicked him in his jaw, and he dropped to the floor. That was a terrifying moment-no one knew he was injured but us. That was the only time we physically connected to each other.

-On his audition

“I remember it very well. I came from the commercial world. Usually, its all the same actors and everyone comes in and [is] friendly to each other. But for this movie, the guys were in character. So, when I walked in, there was a room full of [Zabka’s Karate Kid character]Johnny Lawrences-each one seemed more focused and intense than the next. I didnt want to be in that room and get psyched out by any actor, so I went out and sat in my car, which was my fathers 1970 Volvo station wagon. I cranked out some ’80s rock and roll, and was there until my audition.”

-On how karate healed his back injury

Zabka was a wrestler in high school and suffered a back injury during his senior year while competing. When I got into Karate Kid, I knew I had a weak back-I was afraid it was going to bother me during filming. But what was amazing is that all the martial arts training, stretching, core conditioning and balance, actually healed my back, and it got stronger than ever. So karate in a way, really healed my injury and thats one of the reasons why I stayed with it even after the film.

– On his relationship with Mr. Miyagi, Pat Morita Turns out, Morita and Zabka became great friends while Karate Kid was filming. I would call him Uncle Pat, and he called me BZ. He was my confidant, and when we did the press tour, we would call each other often. The whole experience was so new to me. As the years went by, we stayed in touch and talked during the holidays.

Several years ago, I produced and wrote a short film that was nominated for an Academy Award, and he was also nominated for an Oscar at the same time. He called me and said, Oh BZ, you sound so grown up-where is my little guy? The last time I saw him, he had another idea for a Karate Kid sequel. I dont think he was finished with Miyagi either. I so wish he were here to experience this… I’m forever grateful to him and miss him dearly. I love how the writers have mentioned him in the show.

Karate, Stripping And Theft Leads To The Arrest Of Woman And Her Son At A Wisconsin Walmart

A 46-year-old woman and her 25-year-old son were arrested after a series of incidents at a Wisconsin Walmart.

According to the Eau Claire Police Department, Lisa Smith and her son, Benny Vann, entered their local Walmart on Wednesday night along with Smith’s dog, Bo. Bo, who was not on a leash, ran away from his owner and rather than chase after him, Smith proceeded to dismantling store displays and putting them in her shopping cart. 

When Walmart employees asked Smith to leave the store, she complied and police officers later found her standing in the store entrance calling for her dog. 


25-year-old Benny Vann, left, and 46-year-old Lisa Smith were arrested on Wednesday at a Walmart in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Eau Claire Police Department

However, between being asked to leave and the arrival of the police, Smith allegedly went into the parking lot to perform karate moves. Those moves were later put on display as Smith resisted arrested. The Eau Claire police said she also “attempted to kick out a window on the squad car” as officers took her into custody. Smith was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and misdemeanor bail jumping.

The department said that Vann proceeded to the back of the store where he removed all of his clothes, exposing himself to customers in the store. Afterward, Vann took clothes from the racks of clothing inside the Walmart store and clothed himself but did not move to pay for the items as he left the building. When officers asked Vann to stop, he attempted to run over a policeman with the scooter he was riding.

According to the release, the responding officers stopped the scooter and arrested Vann for lewd and lascivious behavior, disorderly conduct and retail theft.

Meanwhile, Bo attempted to leave the store with a box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix but was apprehended by officers. Rather than be charged for theft, the department said Bo was issued a warning and taken to the local humane society.

The incident is just one of several that have occurred at Walmart stores around the country this year, including a situation in Texas where a woman was banned from a Wichita Falls store after she spent hours riding around the business on a scooter while drinking wine from a Pringles can. 

Mom and son arrested at Walmart for doing karate, stripping down

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The Eau Claire Police Department in Eau Claire, Wis. posted a statement to its Facebook page about an incident at the local Walmart last Wednesday. A mother and son duo caused plenty of commotion at the store, and the family dog didn’t exactly help matters, either.

As Milwaukee’s TMJ 4 reports, Lisa Smith, 46, and her 25-year-old son, Benny Vann, went to Walmart on Wednesday with Smith’s dog, Bo. Bo wasn’t on a leash and reportedly caused some distress by running around the store. After trying to catch the dog and “pulling apart store displays,” Smith was asked to leave the Walmart, a police statement explains.

Smith didn’t vacate the store’s premises entirely, though — instead, she decided to practice some karate in the store parking lot. It wasn’t just shadowboxing, either; the woman allegedly tried to kick a window of a police vehicle in the lot.

Angry karate

Vann, meanwhile, allegedly stripped down inside the Walmart and tried to put on new clothes that the store was selling. “When officers approached Vann he refused to stop and attempted to run over an officer with his scooter,” the police statement reads.

Vann was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior, disorderly conduct and retail theft, while his mom was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and misdemeanor bail jumping,” the statement notes. The police even had a bit of fun with the story, ending the post by saying that Bo “was not charged.”

There are more than 2,000 Facebook comments on the police department’s post, with many of the commenters wondering about Bo’s safety. “Who knows when the last time was poor Bo had a good meal,” one commenter wrote. “Run Bo Run,” another person commented.