Not long before my 30th birthday, following a little libatious persuasion from a few glasses of wine, I decided that training for a Muay Thai fight in Thailand was a great idea. Having never trained for anything remotely like this before I was under no impression it was going to be easy…turns out I wasn’t wrong.
It was only when I arrived in Vancouver from the UK in March 2008 with my husband that I even contemplated the sport. Initially it was just a way to get fit and have fun while getting to know Vancouver. The city was initially going to be the first stop on a globe-trotting tour, exploring the world looking for a place to live; somewhere that really resonated with everything we wanted from life. But we’re still here. That being said, there are no regrets. We absolutely love it here and are excited to call it home.
During this time, martial arts has gradually become a passion that I enjoy devoting hours to. Primarily this is due to the wonderful, inspiring people I’ve met through the sport who’ve offered nothing but encouragement at every opportunity and I’m incredibly grateful for that because female martial arts can be quite a lonely sport. It’s still evolving and many see it as unconventional. Why would a woman want to take part in a sport that involves such close physical contact? One in which she walks in to a ring, potentially prepared to inflict or subject herself to damage? I’m not doing this to deliberately break moulds or make a statement. I practice for no other reason than because I love it and I’m going to Thailand to challenge myself; to push boundaries and explore untapped potential.
Having entered the five month countdown the training intensity has amplified. Proper nutrition has kicked in and strength training also plays a key part in daily life, as do two new coaches for boxing- and Muay Thai-specific training.
The trip to Thailand is in March 2010. Following ten days training at Sinbi gym my training partner (Emma Lynds from Elements Academy of Martial Arts) and I will be entering the ring.
Off the mats, I’m concentrating on my freelance writing career while putting to good use my marketing experience helping local businesses formulate brand plans and web copy. Life is definitely busy and although it’s not what I would have predicted as I walked out of university with a science degree, I love the twists and turns it’s taken.
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