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John Wayne - The Gunslinger


John Wayne Parr, also known as JWP, is an Australian kickboxer and boxer, fighting out of Boonchu Gym in Gold Coast, Queensland. He is a former 10-time World Champion and was the runner up on The Contender Asia.

In this London Real episode, John discusses his views on movement training, what drives him to keep fighting, his route to Thailand and why he became “The Gunslinger”.

Born on May 25, 1976, in Sydney, John Wayne Parr discovered his love for martial arts at a young age. Inspired by action movies and martial arts legends, Parr began his training in Tae Kwon Do as a child. His innate talent and determination quickly set him on a path that would lead him to one of the most intense and revered combat sports: Muay Thai.

John Wayne Parr’s journey in Muay Thai began in the early 1990s when he transitioned from Tae Kwon Do to the art of eight limbs. Recognising the need for authentic training, Parr made a pivotal decision to travel to Thailand, the birthplace of Muay Thai. This experience proved transformative as he immersed himself in the culture and rigorous training routines of Thai camps, learning from renowned trainers and fighters.

Upon returning to Australia, John Wayne Parr quickly rose through the ranks, dominating the local Muay Thai scene. His powerful strikes, technical prowess, and warrior spirit caught the attention of the international Muay Thai community. Parr’s success led him to compete on some of the biggest stages, earning recognition not only for his skill but also for his unwavering sportsmanship.

John Wayne Parr’s list of accomplishments is extensive, with numerous championship titles and accolades to his name. He has secured championships in multiple weight classes, including notable titles such as the WBC Muay Thai World Middleweight Championship and the WKN World Super Welterweight Championship. His ability to adapt to different weight divisions showcased his versatility and skill in the ring.

Parr’s career is marked by epic rivalries and memorable fights that have left an indelible mark on the history of Muay Thai. His bouts against other legends in the sport, including Yodsanklai Fairtex and Buakaw Banchamek, have become iconic, showcasing not only his technical brilliance but also his resilience in the face of formidable opponents.

Outside of the ring, John Wayne Parr has expanded his career into various facets of combat sports. He has ventured into mixed martial arts (MMA), showcasing his adaptability and willingness to embrace new challenges. Parr’s cross-training efforts and willingness to test his skills in different disciplines have further solidified his status as a martial arts pioneer.

John Wayne Parr’s impact extends beyond his personal achievements; he has played a pivotal role in elevating the profile of Muay Thai in Australia. As a trailblazer, he has inspired a new generation of fighters, contributing to the growth and popularity of the sport in the country. Parr’s legacy is not only in his victories but in the lasting influence he has had on the Australian martial arts community.

John Wayne Parr’s journey from a young martial artist in Australia to a Muay Thai legend is a testament to his dedication, skill, and love for the art of combat. His impact on the world of Muay Thai, both in Australia and internationally, is immeasurable. As a champion, ambassador, and inspiration, John Wayne Parr’s legacy echoes through the arenas where he fights and the hearts of those he inspires, leaving an enduring mark on the sport of Muay Thai.


00:00 | Trailer
02:01 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
04:59 Brian’s Introduction
05:50 Winning 125th fight at 40
06:29 Brief retirement was time needed to reconnect with his ‘why’
09:17 “Silly”, “fun” “love”, words not usually equated with MMA
13:00 Movement training views
16:29 What drives him to keep fighting
22:19 The route to Thailand and Thai Boxing aged 19
30:26 History of Thai Boxing and why it’s highly regarded as a national sport
32:49 How John Wayne became the “gunslinger”
35:55 Living and learning in Thailand, with advice to visiting Westerners
44:52 A tough time follows
48:25 Recognition and success arrives
57:04 Return to Australia and making a successful life there
1:00:08 The Contender Asia
1:05:53 Fighting with emotion
1:09:03 Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor fight
1:14:32 UFC 200 and Mark Hunt
1:18:56 Thoughts on Brock Lesnar
1:21:55 Ronda Rousey fight with Holly Holm in Sydney, Australia
1:27:07 Coping strategy after a lost fight
1:28:42 Why is John not a UFC fighter
1:32:16 How does John justify enjoying something so violent
1:41:37 John’s belief in the spirit world and the influence of Buddhism
1:49:42 Success Secrets
1:5018 Who John considers is successful
2:02:29 About Joe Rogan
2:06:51 Brian’s summing up.


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