Calgary’s One-Handed Fighter Shows His Steel

By Ben Hamill - August 07 2019

Calgary’s One-Handed Fighter Shows His Steel

Calgary’s Jake Peacock is a living, breathing example of why giving up or failure to come to the party in the first place because of a physical disability simply isn’t “how things are” or how they have to be. Calgary’s Muay Thai fighter champion was born without a right forearm and hand, but that did not stop the inspirational athlete from stopping short American opponent and welterweight champion John Garcia short in his tracks with a head-kick.

Peacock at the time competed in his very first Lion Fight and the 26-year old was treated to a standing ovation by the crowd following his superb and inspirational performance. Peacock felled Garcia 0-1-0 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday and needless to say, the crowd went wild for the Calgary fighter.

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A Head-Kick To Remember

Peacock is no stranger to winning. He also won his debut pro-fight earlier this year, thanks to his lethal head-kicking style. The fighter’s arm and hand failed to develop following the umbilical cord in the womb having wrapped itself around the arm and having cut off the oxygen supply to the arm and hand.

But Peacock isn’t native to Calgary. The young fighter was born in England and re-located to Canada with his parents at the age of 14. Needless to say, Calgary is more than happy to call Peacock one of their own.

Father Gavin Led The Way

Peacock isn’t the only sports champion in his family. His father played for various pro-soccer teams, including Chelsea and Newcastle. Gavin Peacock decided to relocate his family to Canmore in order to pursue his dream of being qualified as church minister.

As for the 26-year-old Jake, his own sports career started out real early. He enjoyed Karate, having taken up the sport at the young age of only 7. He then graduated on to Kyokushin Karate during his teenage years and performed above expectation. He ended up travelling the world competing all over and eventually, at only 15 years of age, won the North American title in Kyokushin. He later on during that same year also qualified for the World Championships in Tokyo.

Jake Peacock is a fighter and a champion right down to his very core. He has shown himself capable of achieving what many others would have considered impossible to do, and he has done so with grace and with style.

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