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.