Name: Carla Aucamp
Country: South African living in Thailand
Gym: Kaewphitak Muay Thai Gym, Phuket, Thailand
Weight: 55 KG
Fight record: 8-0
Titles: Sainamyen Stadium PK-1 Champion
1. How long have you been training Muay Thai and why did you become a fighter?
I’ve been training Muay Thai for just over a year now. My boyfriend started doing Muay Thai before me and thought that I would like it. So I gave it a shot and loved it immediately.
My first fight was after just 3 months of training and since then I’ve was hooked!
The biggest challenge for me is balancing my work and training. I work full time, 5 days a week, and therefor can only train once a day, instead of twice, like most who train Muay Thai here in Thailand.
3. What drives you?
Seeing how much I’ve learned in only one year and the curiosity to see how far I can go.
I don’t really keep track of promotions. I’m happy to stick to fighting locally for now. 😉
5. What is your favourite part of training?
I love every thing about training. I love learning new techniques every day, I love how hard it can be some days and how easy it is on other. Obviously getting into great shape is also a bonus!
And clinching – there’s always so much more to learn when it comes to clinching.
6. How would you describe your self as a fighter?
Still a beginner, but getting there 🙂
I haven’t trained Muay Thai outside of Thailand, but I can’t imagine there’s a better place to do it than here. If you’re considering it, then just do it.
Living here is cheap and there are tons of great Muay Thai camps all over the country.
8. Do you have any pre fight rituals?
Not really. On the day of my fight I just relax and play PlayStation.
However, my post fight rituals usually include lots of pizza and beer! 😉
No big plans, I’ll just be staying in Phuket – training and fighting.
10. Any advise for anyone wanting to give fighting a go?
You don’t need any experience to start – I never trained any kind of fighting sport before I started Muay Thai. Just give it a shot! If you don’t like it then you don’t like it.
But if you like it, be prepared to fall in love with it! It’s a sport that requires a lot of dedication, but it’s very rewarding!
Anyone you would like to thank?
My trainer Chanrit Sit-O. He’s taught me so much in the past year. And everyone at Kaewphitak Muay Thai – they’ve been like a family to me.
And last but not least, my husband who goes to all of my fights and supports me all the way.
Interview By Natasha Sky, November 2015, photos supplied
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