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Sun scribe suffers at Severn's seminar
By KEVIN ENGSTROM -- Winnipeg Sun


I've never claimed to be a tough guy. My last fistfight occurred when I was 10 years old after some name-calling between myself and another kid got out of hand. I'd like to say I kicked that kid's butt, but I'd be lying -- I went home with a bloody nose.

I decided then that I wasn't much for fighting. Maybe that's why I eventually became a reporter -- the whole idea of the pen being mightier than the sword resonates deeply within me.

It's also why my editors, ever the sadistic lot, gave me the assignment of getting into the ring with ultimate fighting legend Dan "The Beast" Severn in mid-November. The legit tough guy has made a career of beating the tar out of men much tougher than me in the very real world of extreme fighting.

Flown into town by promoter Marty Goldstein to give a seminar on mixed-martial arts fighting, Severn was more than willing to have an out-of-shape scribe take his class. He was even happier to put me in a chinlock.

The Beast wrapped his massive forearm around my throat, choking me ever so slightly as his other hand pushed my skull forward.

I tried rolling to my side, but Severn calmly rolled onto his back and wrapped his legs around my waist to ensure there was no escape.

He squeezed hard for a split-second to show me the pain he can inflict, and then released me -- chuckling ever so slightly as I sheepishly crawled out of the ring.

A few minutes later, I crawled back in with more than a dozen aspiring fighters hoping to learn from a man called "the Gordie Howe of mixed-martial arts" by Goldstein.

These men had different backgrounds and levels of experience, but one thing became clear very quickly after we began sparring -- they were all much tougher than me.

I was partnered with Shaun, a blue belt in jujitsu with two years of experience. As Severn taught us proper techniques on single- and double-leg takedowns, it became apparent that Shaun was very adept at beating the crap out of me.

Without hesitation, he was able to clip me below my knee, take me down, roll me onto my belly and turn my ankle in an unnatural way -- a technique I can assure you was very painful. After an hour of this, I really started to hate the guy.

"You haven't done this before, have you?" Shaun eventually asked, already knowing the answer.

"You're going to be really sore tomorrow."

Shaun ran into trouble when he failed to properly apply a leg lace -- a tricky move that involved tying my legs into a pretzel and digging his elbow into my calf muscle.

Another man, who I later learned had a black belt in jujitsu, showed him the proper technique -- inflicting so much pain in such a short period of time that I thought I was going to black out.

I crawled out of the ring again and sat down, opting to watch rather than participate for the final hour.

The crowd watched Severn lecture his troops on the finer points of pain, offering encouragement to 10-year-old Donavis Sul as he attempted to choke out his uncle. Amusingly, he was trying to get his uncle to say "uncle."

Severn later offered me a few words of encouragement, telling me I did all right considering it was my virgin voyage into the world of mixed-martial arts.

"After you do this a thousand times you'll start to get the hang of it," Severn told me. "After another thousand times you might actually be able to use it in a situation.

"It's not complicated -- it's all about repetition."

No offence, Dan, but I think I'll stick to my day job instead. I'd rather turn a phrase than an ankle.

RELATED LINKS:

  • Dan Severn story archive
  • Dan Severn's website