Jenny Lau – 15 fights (8W 7L), 52 kg ISKA East Coast champion. Bulldog Gym Manly. Also, 3 x Australian Kyokushin Karate Champion.
1. You do a few different martial arts, tell us what ones and how long you have been doing them and also what got you started? I started in Kyokushin karate 13 yrs ago, and I run my own kids’ dojo. Around 2004 I was getting a bit bored doing the same type of training. At the time, Louise O’Donnell from Bulldog Gym had just won a Thai Boxing World Title and so was in the local paper, I thought they must know what they are doing there! I went to a class the following week and have been there since.
2. How do you find being a female in martial arts? In training we don’t get treated any differently from the boys, in fact I think we train harder than them! but there are much less fight opportunities, especially in NSW.
3. Proudest moment? Winning 52kg title, I had trained my ass off, easily made weight weeks out then about a week before the fight I received some bad news and didn’t think I would be able to fight. I just had to pull together and get on with it. It wasn’t until the next day when I could relax and I actually felt good about it.
4. Favourite Muay Thai weapon? Teep
5. What do you think is the most important thing to remember as a fighter? Keep it respectful. I don’t like seeing all the fighter call outs and arguments over Facebook and fight forums.
6. What are your goals as a fighter? I’d like to win an Australian Muay Thai title, I had a chance last year on a few weeks notice v Jodi Palozzi at 53.5 but lost.
8. How do people react when you tell them you are a fighter? They are usually surprised, people think female fighters are going to be big and rough looking. The general public are still a bit old fashioned – we need more features in the mainstream media.
9. Any advise for females wanting to fight? Do it! Enjoy the training and fight at a weight you can comfortably get to
Interview By Natasha Sky Feb 2013 Photos from Facebook