The Bomber 4 (The Four series)

By John Rahme

Never have I ever been hit as hard in the ring as I have been hit by Grant “Bomber” Barker. I trained for years with Bomber, whom reached the pinnacle of kickboxing by winning plentiful titles including the World kickboxing title. We trained at the boxing gym, lifting room and at that place of dry death and no room for excuses desert called, the sand dunes. Bomber pound for pound hit as hard as Mike Tyson in my opinion. Not that I have ever been hit by Tyson or wished to be. Bomber was the first and most influential person showing me a way of training which was never leave anything remaining in the tank. As each training session proceeded by, I grow to be more and more in awe of Bomber. Each session those hard-filled punching bags filled with sand would be beaten to a pulp. Not to mention our trainer’s hands and elbows as he had the problematic task holding the focus pads. Bomber fought some very big and scary men which would make you tremble at the knees by just looking at them. Bombers mindset was and still is relentless and unyielding.


Without further ado, my 4 questions.


  1. What are you most afraid of?

Losing people that are closest to me and those I love…

  1. What do you consider your greatest strength? And your greatest weakness?

My mental toughness and my will to win at any cost and determination to be the best version of myself.

My greatest weakness, my self-doubt and limiting beliefs.

  1. What do you think is your greatest achievement in your life so far?

Working through adversity and becoming the Champion that I wanted to be.

  1. When you are old and look back on your life, what do you think will matter most to you?

The legacies I leave behind for my children and how I develop other people to be their best.


One thing I have most definitely learnt throughout my life is that “LESS IS MORE”. Bomber’s answers again prove this to me.

Contact sport is much similar to life itself. Some days you get good rounds and some days, you get hit a lot and fall. One thing which I know to be true about my friend Grant “Bomber” Barker is each time the bell sounds for the next round and he hear the call of “SECONDS DOWN” Bomber will be standing in the middle of the ring ready to fight.