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Tim Kennedy Tests His Luck In ‘Hard To Kill’ By Stepping Into The Arena As An American Bullfighter
It’s one thing to be tough, but it’s another to be Hard to Kill — and that’s precisely what former UFC fighter and Army Green Beret Tim Kennedy sets out to illustrate in his new Discovery Channel docuseries by the same name.
In last night’s Hard to Kill, Kennedy tested his luck, and his reflexes, by squaring off with a 1,500-pound bull as he got a crash-course in American bullfighting from five-time World Champion bullfighter Rob Smets ahead of one of the biggest rodeo events in the country at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.
But first, Kennedy had to make it through training — and the results were mixed. “Day one of my training just took a turn,” Kennedy narrates. “I've learned the footwork, the fake, and the step-through, but when when a live bull is charging at you, it's a whole different story.”
Not only can Tim Kennedy take a hit like a champ, he springs back up like crash test dummy come to life.Discovery Channel/Hard to Kill
Aside from demonstrating how to execute a forward roll and spring back onto your feet after being tossed through the air like a ragdoll, the goal of the August 7 episode was to provide viewers a glimpse at the incredible risks American bullfighters face when they step into the arena.
“Do not call a bullfighter a rodeo clown, because there is nothing funny about what they do,” Kennedy explains at the episode’s start. The role of a bullfighter is simple in theory, but exceedingly dangerous in practice: Their job is to hang on the periphery as a cowboy rides the bull, and as soon as he falls they spring into action, distracting the animal so the rider can get to safety. In other words: They’re human targets.
A bullfighter’s greatest fear “isn't risking their life,” Kennedy explains, “it's making a mistake that can cost a bull rider theirs.” Like all the professions that are spotlit in the adventure docuseries, this job isn’t for the faint of heart — and even for a decorated Green Beret and accomplished fighter, it’s tough.
Kennedy’s tutors, a number of professional bullfighters, are living proof as to just how risky this job is: They boast an array of old wounds, from fractured skulls, torn flesh, dislocations, broken necks, bones, and a mural of scars from angry bulls’ hooves and horns.
"There is no way you can understand just how tough a bullfighter is," Kennedy says in the episode. "One lone man standing in the center of that ring right there is about to fight a wild animal. There's nobody who is going to save him, he's in that ring by himself.”
Hard to Kill premieres every Tuesday on Discovery Channel at 10 p.m.
The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) is the largest official database of U.S. military media available for public consumption. It is also an occasional source of unexpected laughs, like this gem from a live fire exercise that a public affairs officer simply tagged 'Fire mortar boom.' In the world of droll data entry and too many acronyms, sometimes little jokes are their own little form of rebellion, right?
But some DVIDS uploads, however, come with captions and titles that cut right to the core, perfectly capturing the essence of life in the U.S. military in a way that makes you sigh, facepalm, and utter a mournful, 'too real.'
The US military does not need Iraqi permission to provide close air support or evacuate wounded troops in 'emergency circumstances'
The U.S. military does not need Iraqi permission to fly close air support and casualty evacuation missions for U.S. troops in combat, a top spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS clarified on Tuesday.
Army Col. James Rawlinson clarified that the Iraqis do not need to approve missions in emergency circumstances after Task & Purpose reported on Monday that the U.S. military needed permission to fly CAS missions for troops in a fight.
It all began with a medical check.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.