What year did you start training?
How did you get started?
One day a friend invited me to take a free kickboxing class with her, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered in your training, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I’ve encountered is control. It’s really easy to hit a bag or a pad as hard as you can, but it’s pretty much impossible to hit the same pad 200 times with the same amount of power. In Muay Thai, you have to find balance in everything (physically, mentally, and emotionally). If you can’t find that control, you’re going to lose your focus and your energy. Once that happens you’re going to be in a world of hurt (literally and figuratively) Maintaining that level of control is something I work on everyday.
What’s your favorite thing about training or teaching, and why?
My favorite thing about teaching is watching my students improve and how excited they are when they’re able to do something they couldn’t before. My favorite thing about training is that it gives me a chance to let my everyday stresses just wash away for an hour or so, and once I’m finished training I find myself ready to take on the world all over again.
What are your personal goals on and off the mat?
My current goal on the mat is to compete in a national tournament within the next year. A personal goal of mine is to write a novel, and before you ask, sparkling vampires will not be making an appearance.
What’s something people might be surprised to learn about you?
It ties into my personal goal, but I really enjoy writing and one day I hope to be able to say I am a published author.