This interview is made possible by Don Clovis, ( Perry's manager).
Gus: I recently saw a tape of a one of your seminars. You are a very good teacher. If you could give some advice to those who start training in kickboxing, what would it be?
Perry: Listening to your trainer, and thinking about the reason that your teacher is teaching you these kinds of techniques.
Gus: When did you first start training in the Martial Arts?
Perry: During 1980-1981, I
started with Kickboxing and Kempo ( I have a yellow belt).
Gus: Your high kicks are very effective. Did you train in any other style/s before you started fighting in kickboxing?
Perry: In the beginning I didn't like boxing at all and I used a lot of kicks when I fought. That’s why I use a lot of high kicks!
Gus: Why did you choose kickboxing? Is it just a matter of
who is tougher or is it really an art?
Gus: Some people say
that there is no such thing as being "ring-proven" and that true martial artists
don't compete. What is your opinion? Is kickboxing effective on the street?
Gus: What is your present
Gus: Who do you feel was the most influential person in
Gus: Even a world class fighter like you gets injured in the legs sometimes. It must be real painful for a kickboxer after the end of the match. What method do you use to toughen your shins and make your kicks more powerful?
Perry: Just enough ice cubes on my shins and legs, and I usually drink
Bacardi -Coke for the pain
Gus: When did you have your first fight? Tell us about that first time...
Perry: I don’t really remember, I was about 10 years old…
Gus: Who was the toughest opponent/s you have ever met in the ring?
Perry: No one especially!
Gus: Do you think that Thai's train harder than Europeans
Gus: The newest Martial Arts fad
is the current "Free fight Gala". What do you think of these events? Obviously
there is a huge risk for injuries that can bother a fighter for the rest
of his life.
Gus: How do you
feel about using elbows when you fight?
What are your favorite fight techniques? Leg kicks or punches?
Gus: If you have one, who is your favorite fighter/s?
Gus: Did you make
good money fighting? What do you think can be done to make kickboxing a better
Gus: Are you training other athletes?
Perry: Yes…my students.
Gus: Are you happy with
everything you have achieved so far in this sport? Tell us your future plans...