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    Posted November 23, 2011 by
    Trier, Germany
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    What does it take to be a REAL Gladiator?


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     beetraveler filmed this video piece in Trier, Germany, where a gladiator school is set up in a historic Roman amphitheater used in antiquity for gladiator contests. There she interviews Jan Kruger, a professional gladiator and teacher at the gladiator school. She says Krueger and other gladiators like him are 'very proud to be fighting in Germany, while still maintaining a connection to the Roman tradition by fighting in a UNESCO listed Roman amphitheater.' On Sunday, November 27, Trier celebrates it's 25th anniversary of the city's many Roman sites being recognized on UNESCO's World Heritage register

    She adds that classes like ones on video occur only a few times each year, for people who want to learn about the lives of gladiators. 'Gladiators train 'up to 12 hours a day when they are not teaching,' she says. The interview took place in July 2011.
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    If you've ever wondered about traditional Roman Gladiators, this is your chance to see the Gladiator life close-up. I had the opportunity to meet and interview a real Gladiator recently while he taught a group of Dutch men about the sport. The training camp was a one day event. To be a real gladiator like Jan, you'll need a bit more time... like, say, 2-3 years of daily training...
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