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This 23-year-old kickboxing instructor is also a model and student of criminology

It’s hard not to think of Damien, 23, as the definition of badass. He’s done some time in the Air Force (not for him, though he’s considering trying the Army). He teaches kickboxing and a couple other combat sports. And he’s one of the very few coverboys with a pistol on his nightstand. He may be a little more cautious, however, than G.I. Joe. ”I don’t fight too much,” he says of kickboxing. ”I try not to get hit in the face. I’m a freelance model.” So, badass and smart. He’s honing the latter at George Mason University, earning his degree in criminology, law and society. Outside the gym and off-campus, you might find him at Town or Nellie’s.

What’s on your nightstand?
A book on procrastination called Eat That Frog! and Game Informer magazine. I actually have a Glock 17 on there.

What’s in your nightstand drawer?
A parachute knife, LED flashlight, Old Spice.

Were you a Boy Scout?
No. The parachute knife was my dad’s.

And where do you keep condoms and lube?
By the computer.

What are your television favorites?
Besides news, Family Guy, American Dad, The Big Bang Theory, Will & Grace. And the History Channel.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
Rocko’s Modern Life

What superhero would you be?
I’d be Superman. He’s got everything.

Who’s your greatest influence?
George Washington. He really inspires me to never give up.

What’s your greatest fear?
I’m scared of spiders and snakes. I’m also scared of Westboro Baptist Church.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton and Bruce Willis.

What would you serve?
Escargot, filet mignon and pasta.

Do you cook?
I’m all right. I’ve got to spend more time with the Cooking Channel.

How would you describe your dream guy?
He’d be Prince Charming, mixed with John Cena. Romantic and caring, but rugged and look like John Cena.

Define good in bed.
The rough part of the sea that does not go soft.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
Keanu Reeves. Everyone says I look like him.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Nick Carter.

Who gets on your nerves?
Blond Valley girls.

Are there a lot at the gym?

If your home was burning, what’s the first thing you’d grab while leaving?
My security box. It has my passport, documents, photographs.

Coverboy Damien

Coverboy Damien

What’s your biggest turn-on?

What’s your biggest turn-off?

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet tried?

What’s something you’ve tried that you never want to do again?
Drink and drive.

Boxers, briefs or other?

Who’s your favorite musical artist?
Mariah Carey.

What’s your favorite website?
. It’s like Facebook for cars.

What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?
In the basement of a Marines barracks.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
Umpire, making the decision on what play comes next.

What’s your favorite retail store?
Saks Fifth Avenue. They’ve got everything.

What’s the most you’ll spend on a haircut?
$12.79. I get the military cut – very cheap.

What about on shoes?
A really nice pair? $250.

What’s your favorite food to splurge with?
Sour Patch Kids.

What’s your favorite season?
Summer. I love the beach, the sun. My birthday’s in July. I love the Fourth of July.

What kind of animal would you be?
An eagle.

Because you’re super patriotic?
Because I’m super patriotic and I’ve always wanted to fly.

What kind of plant would you be?
Venus flytrap.

What kind of car would you be?
Oh, my God. I would be a Nissan GTR R35. I would come in white.

What are you most grateful for?

What’s something you want more of?

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Live, learn, grow.