Yvonne Chow

Which sport(s) do you compete in?

Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (No-Gi)

What is your current record?

Amateur MMA (3 wins - 1 loss)

Grappling Industries 2016 - Gold Medal (121-135lbs) Womens No-Gi Beginners Division.

Grappling Industries 2016 - Silver Medal (136-150lbs) Womens No-Gi Intermediate Division.

When and how did you start MMA?

I started MMA in 2014 for fitness. I had always loved the idea of learning martial arts but was afraid to try it. I see MMA as a great way to keep fit but it's the mental-challenges that keep me obsessed with the sport. I accept that I will never know everything about it - there's always something new to learn!

How would you describe your style?

I would describe myself as a grappler - I'm most comfortable on the ground but I'm not afraid to stand-up with anyone either. I love BJJ as much as I do MMA - why not use both!

Who are your MMA heroes and why?

I would love to emulate Damian Maia - he is a very smart fighter who knows what his game is and makes his opponents play into his game. I like that he doesn't intentionally go in to "stand and bang" and risk unnecessary injury. 

What is your most memorable MMA moment?

Winning a place to represent Australia at the 2016 IMMAF Amateur MMA World Championships in Las Vegas. I competed in the Featherweight female division and lost against a seasoned Amateur MMA fighter by an armlock. She told me that I was the only person who was able to take her down. Even though it was a loss, I didn't feel sad at all. I had improved since the fight at Arnold Classics and that's all that matters to me. 

What are your goals and motivation to compete?

I am motivated to compete because I love the sport. I want to continually be an improved version of myself - each time I watch a video of my past fights I can see improvements in the next fight. That is what keeps me going back for more. 

What does your weekly training schedule look like (including S&C)?

I do conditioning 2 mornings a week and strength sessions with The Unknown Strength 2 sessions a week. Around these sessions, I do 3 grappling sessions focusing on BJJ for MMA and then 3 striking classes. 

In your opinion, what do you think most MMA fighters lack in their training?

MMA fighters need to focus on basics - often too many fancy moves or low-percentage moves are being taught or shown online and you forget the basics. I find that athletes who focus on one element (muay thai or bjj) have well-developed basic skill sets. With MMA, there are many aspects and I think fighters forget the important basic skills for a low-percentage spinning elbow.

What are your highest values in your MMA and training life?

I think the ability to balance work, training and family is what I call accomplishment. Some people use "I have no time" as an excuse not to train or that they can't hold a job if they want to train - I think I can show people that this can be done. No excuses.

What do you do for fun or to relax outside of your training/competition schedule?

I enjoy playing computer games and going out for dinners outside of training. My training schedule doesn't change too much outside of competition time - I like to stay ready.

How has Strength & Conditioning impacted your MMAs
Strength and conditioning has already given me a feeling of confidence - I feel more structure in my training plan. The strength and conditioning component closes the gap in my training. Anyone can go to classes but only the dedicated few commit to strength and conditioning.