Sunday 19 October 2008

The Art of Itladian Combat?

The latest edition of Fighting Spirit Magazine features an article by itladian philosopher and wrestling champion Alex Shane.

Alex has a regular section in this magazine called "Alex Shane's Guide to Pro Wrestling" In this Alex discusses his 'take' on the world of wrestling. For those of us that have never been involved in such things it makes a fascinating read.

In this article Alex also discusses his return to the ring for one last, high profile, matc before he heads off to India at the end of the year. This last ever match of "The Showstealer" will take place at Bromley Civic Hall on 26th October. Alex will fight the IPW:UK Heavyweight champion Martin Stone. (Discussion about this can be found at ). This contains an eight minute video of Alex threatening Stone ... well I don't know about Stone but it scared the hell out of me!

Now if you can get hold of a copy of this magazine (which is stocked by all High Street multiples including W H Smiths) Alex's article can be found on pages 72 to 76 and a very interesting read it is to. However what may be of interest to itladians is a comment he makes on page 76. Here Alex writes:

"As always I would like to leave you with some of my philosophy. As I've started to get into more complex areas of wrestling in these articles, I would like to share some of the more complex areas of philosophy too. I have not got anywhere near close, in these articles, to the out-of-the-box thinking that I am currently exploring, such as questioning the very nature of reality.
I have regular meetings with Anthony Peake, who is the author of the best-selling book 'Is There Life After Death - The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When You Die", where we exchange theories on these subjects. If this stuff interests you then I highly recommend his book."

Thanks Alex. This really shows the power of ITLAD and how it is slowly creeping its way into the collective consciousness and Zeitgeist of the early 21st century... and how it is appearing in what would normally considered to be the most unlikely of places such as combat magazines.

Alex, may I personally wish you the best of luck for your bout on the 26th.


Karl Le Marcs said...

Tony: Thanks for this update and thanks to Alex for writing about ITLAD.

It would be great to see Alex add some contributions and thoughts to BLOG and FORUM for discussion, so.......

*reaches out hand for tag*

Johar said...


Fantastic you got a mention in the very unlikely Wrestling magazine!

I look forwrd to meeting Alex at some point, maybe the Consciousness Weekend if he can attend.

Hurlyburly said...

Tony- So glad Alex has mentioned this. Alex was such a breath of fresh air and I really enjoyed chatting with him. His enthusiasm and passion cannot be questioned.

It's great that your work will now branch out to an even wider range of readers based on Alex's fine recommendation.

Good times.

Karl Le Marcs said...

Hmmmm, interesting that the Magazine is called FSM (Fighting State Magazine) as within Behavioural Psychology FSM stands for a FINITE STATE MACHINE; a model of behaviour composed of a finite number of states, transitions between those states, and actions.

Thus a FSM is an abstract model of a machine with a primitive internal memory.

How ITLADic!!!!

*Nerdish smiles and pushes glasses up nose*

SM Kovalinsky said...

Tony: I think it is singularly wonderful and odd that this Alex has found his way to you, and has become bound up in Italdian Philosophy. From what Martin told me, it was an awesome discourse with Alex at the helm when you all met up, and I would have loved to meet him, as well as Jake. You do draw the most intense and diverse thinkers to you, and it is a peculiar power of yours to have all approach you of their own volition. I would love to read Alex and to oneday meet him.