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Sep 22, 2006 at 07:21pm IST

Pastor fights for a cause in Nashik

Nashik: In a fairly non-descript house in Nashik is a special fight club - Tiger gymnasium. As you walk down the stairs, the energy in the air hits you thump on the face.

Interestingly, the trainer at the gymnasium is a pastor, Daniel Issac. He preaches peace, love and God's word, but another part of his life is training some of the India's best fighters.

"I am a man of faith and I am a man who teaches people to fight. These are two extremities but there is a common line between them. It is the way the Shaolin monks began their training," says Issac.

Alan Fenandes a.k.a the Bull and Samson Joseph a.k.a the Cobra and Vishal Balkawde a.k.a the Cyclone are among his students.

"I just barge into people an go on hammering them,"says the Bull. Ask Cobra what earned him the name and he says, "Perhaps the fact that I am black."