Shanny “Mayhem” Howard

 

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Name: Shanny “Mayhem” Howard Weight: 60-63.5kg Age: 29 Country: Australia Gym: Vikings Muay Thai Fight Record: 7 Fights 6 Wins 1 Loss

1: How long have you been training Muay Thai and why did you become a fighter?

I have been training just over a year. I first started training just for fitness but it was my Trainer Robbie Tidyman who suggested I should give fighting a go. So I started training in the fight classes and before I knew it I was having my first fight.

12386599_1055242774506768_2019970960_n2: What has been your biggest challenge as a fighter?

My biggest challenge so far would be dealing with being centre of attention in front of big crowds. The nerves before making the walk to the ring are huge for me. Once I am in the ring and touch gloves it all goes away it’s like nothing matters but just before walking out I have to control my nerves. I would much rather fight with no crowds, just myself my trainer & my opponent. But I am learning to deal with it and I am getting better slowly.

3: What drives you?10647818_1055242487840130_1311929338_n

When I first started I was the only female at the gym, I felt like I had to prove to myself to the other fighters. This only gave me more of a drive to never give up and be the best I could be plus also to beat the boy’s hahaha.

4: If you could fight on any promotion in the world what would it be and why?

I think anywhere in Thailand would be absolutely amazing but Lumpinee Stadium would defiantly have to be number 1. Just to be able to fight & show my skills in the home land of Muay Thai would be a blessing.

5: What is your favourite part of training?

12380551_1055242771173435_122339155_nI love everything about training from wrapping my hands to stretching down. To be able to push myself to the max, I just love it. Having everyone at the gym see me not giving up pushes them, which then pushes me even more.

6: How would you describe yourself as a fighter?

I am defiantly a front foot fighter, I want to be the one pushing the pace & making my opponents game plan go out the window. I have been told that I hit with “Man Power” which is quite rare for a female. But overall I am still so new to the sport, and have so much more to learn.

12398931_1055242114506834_1477358743_n7: What are 3 things people might not know about you……

I really enjoy cooking and baking which can be very bad when having to prepare and lose weight before a fight lol. I am a massive sucker for Christmas movies it doesn’t matter if they are kids, adults or the cheesiest movie out I could watch them over and over again, there awesome I love them. I am absolutely petrified of Grasshoppers & Toads. When I see them I freeze up & just go to mush. It can be very embarrassing to see how a child can pick it up & get rid of it for me while I scream and cry like a baby until it is gone.

8: Do you have any embarrassing fight or training moments?

Oh god well now this is embarrassing. It was my first demo fight & I just climbed over the top ropes & it gave me the biggest wedgie. I had to get my trainer to pick it out for me, everyone in the front row was laughing. I don’t know who was more embarrassed myself or Robbie but yes it was very embarrassing.

9: What are your fight plans for 2016?10428976_1055242691173443_1493591172_n

I am planning on it being be a big year for me. I recently tried out for the Amateur Australian Muay Thai Team & I was very lucky enough to come away with a gold medal and an invitation to represent Australia in Sweden in May 2016. I am also planning to have around 10 fights throughout the year in Muay Thai & Boxing. Maybe even a Title Fight.

10: Any advice for anyone wanting to give fighting a go?

Fighting is not for everyone you either love it or hate it. It’s not easy but it is very rewarding to see all your hard work payoff it is a great feeling. You also have to have complete trust in your trainer that they are matching you with an equal opponent, and the number one thing is to have belief in yourself. You will never know unless you give it a go, at the end of the day you only get out what you put in.

Anyone you would like to Thank:

I would like to say a big Thank You to Robbie Tidyman and Will Currie for believing in me 12399188_1055242434506802_2085458855_nand pushing me to my limits. Everyone from my Vikings Family you guys inspire me to give it my all every day I am very grateful. My family and friends for coming to watch and cheer me on even though my mum watches through her fingers most times but still travels to support me. A Big Thank you to my sponsors “Team Lion Heart Mongkons” Glenn Heart you have been amazing with promoting me and getting my name out there. Also for my beloved prajas. Last but not least Nutrition Warehouse for supplying me with all my nutritional needs at a great price.

My Page: https://www.facebook.com/Shanny-Mayhem-Howard-954572391240474/

Nutrition Warehouse: https://www.facebook.com/nutritionwarehouse/?fref=ts https://www.nutritionwarehouse.com.au/

Team Lion Heart Mongkons: https://www.facebook.com/LionHeartMongonk/?fref=nf

Vikings Muay Thai: https://www.facebook.com/Vikings-Muay-Thai-HQ-156043824590206/

 

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Kelsie”Pitbull” Thompson

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Name: Kelsie Thompson Age: 16 Country: Australia Gym: Kaos Muay Thai gym Weight: 58-60 Fight record: 9f 4w 5l

1. How long have you been training Muay Thai and why did you become a fighter? I have been training in martial arts for 6 years and Muay Thai for 3 years. I had competed in amateur tournaments before I stepped into the ring for the first time in 2013 and didn’t know what to expect. My trainer Michael Reberger asked if I wanted to jump I the ring and give it a go. The training for the fight was nothing like I had experienced and ever since then I’ve loved the adrenalin and feeling fighting gives me.

2. What has been your biggest challenge as a fighter? My biggest challenge as a fighter would have to be balancing work, school work and training all at once. Somehow I manage to do all three and still get average grades and go to every single training session 5 nights a week.

12355100_760095004121091_283007736_n3. What drives you? What drives me is the fact that my opponent is training just as hard as me and wants to win just as bad as me and it makes me determined to train as hard as I can.

4. If you could fight on any promotion in the world what would it be and why? I would love to fight on Rebellion one day as it seems like such a professional show and the skill level shown from all the fighters that do get a chance to fight on it are incredible.

5. What is your favourite part of training? My favourite part of training would definitely have to be hitting the pads and the satisfaction of going home at the end of training and not being able to feel my body because I smashed that training session

6. How would you describe your self as a fighter? I would describe myself as aggressive when I need to be and coming forward at my opponent, hence the name pitbull

7. What are 3 things people might not know about you.. 1. I love the beach 2. I read way 12336125_760095074121084_1709469429_ntoo much 3. I have a twin sister (not identical though)

8. Do you have any embarrassing fight or training moments? Whenever I hop out of the ring and walk down the stairs to go to the back room I always swing my arms like a cowboy because if I don’t I will probably fall off the stairs and that would not be a fun time

9. What are your fight plans for this year? I have 2 possible fights in February and after that whatever my trainer had lined up for me, I haven’t had a fight since August so I’m keen to get back into the ring 10. Any advise for anyone wanting to give fighting a go? I say make sure you train hard and just get in their and give it a go, at the end of the day whether you win or lose it is a big feat getting in the ring and fighting another person

12312339_760095067454418_1144778708_nAnyone you would like to thank? I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and my desicions, I’d also like to thank my trainers Michael Reberger and Mark Ward for always pushing me to my limits at training and never giving up on me.

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Jacinta “Too Sweet” Paskalidis

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Name: Jacinta Paskalidis Age: 21 Country: Australia Gym: North Melbourne Muay Thai Weight: 60-63 Fight record: 15 fights, 11 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses Titles : IKBF Australian Muay Thai title

1. How long have you been training Muay Thai and why did you become a fighter? I started training Muay Thai at 11 years old, and had my first amateur fight at 15, but once I turned 18 an allowed to fight at a professional level in Melbourne that what I did.

1601047_708321402566224_5586188842012517732_n2. What has been your biggest challenge as a fighter? The biggest challenge as a fighter would be accepting physical change that my body has and will be going through. As I started training and fighting quite young, I was physically still a child, fighting at lower weight class etc. And getting older naturally you grow and it was a hard to accept that I couldn’t make lower weight classes. There were a few doubts about if I could handle a heavier opponent than before. But understanding my body, and believing in my ability and having great support from my trainer allowed me to accept, learn and shape me as a fighter.

3. What drives you? What drives me is just to fight good clean fights, 12355272_1038143529584008_1053713471_nagainst great fighters. Fighting the best fighters allows me to constantly challenging and improve in any aspect of myself and as a fighter.

4. If you could fight on any promotion in the world what would it be and why? If I could fight on any promotion in the world it would probably be ‘lion fight’. Due to the great support of female fighters on the promotion, and having the best females on the show such as caley reece, and it would be amazing to follow in her footsteps.

12366674_1038143519584009_575823997_n5. What is your favourite part of training? Favourite part of training, that’s a hard one. I would have to say clinching, well when I’m not sore. Oh and when training has ended.

6. How would you describe your self as a fighter? As a fighter I would say I’m clam and collected, pick my shots. Style wise is depending on the strengths of other fighters, but I defiantly favour my boxing.

 

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1. I’m currently completing my Masters of Exercise science (High performance)

2. I skateboard

3. I love One Direction!

8. Do you have any embarrassing fight or training moments? Oh, I have plenty! The list is an arms length!

9. What are your fight plans for next year? I’m currently in Thailand and have a few fights lined up for early next year. And just see how it goes from there.

10. Any advise for anyone wanting to give fighting a go? I would say, don’t worry about winning or losing, just go in there and have fun. It an experience that you will never forget, and a feeling that you cannot get from anything else.1911730_696035397128158_1209316656_n

Anyone you would like to thank? I would love thank my family and friends for the constant support, everyone at my home away from home Por Promin Muay Thai, and lastly my trainer Theo Goulesas.

Sponsors: Real food healthy body. http://www.rfhb.com.au Athlete page: https://www.facebook.com/jacintatoosweet Instagram: @Jayyypask

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Carla Aucamp From South Africa, Living in Thailand

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Name: Carla Aucamp
Age: 29
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!

12170442_10153031439747330_1702524264_n2. What has been your biggest challenge as a fighter?

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.

4. If you could fight on any promotion in the world what would it be and why?12179021_10153031439772330_264153351_n

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 🙂

12179008_10153031439782330_1336409153_n7. You have been training & fighting in Thailand, what advise would you give to other girls wanting to do the same?

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! 😉

9. What are your fight plans for the rest of the year?12179639_10153031439762330_943074766_n

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!

12180138_10153031439777330_739069840_nAnyone 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.

Here’s the link to my gym – https://www.facebook.com/Kaewphitak-Muay-Thai-12178159_10153031439752330_208429140_n556695777797312/

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Renae Mundy Fighter From South Australia

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Name: Renae Mundy Age: 26 Country: Australia Gym: Impact fitness & combat Weight: 53kg Fight record: 3 Fights

1. How long have you been training Muay Thai and why did you become a fighter? I started just for fitness around 7 years ago, then had my daughter so had 2 years off. When I came back I took it more seriously and sparred and trained hard, and started to see I was alright at it and thought- Hey I could do this, I could actually fight! So I did!

12115512_10156230721515245_4282268513370537935_n2. What has been your biggest challenge as a fighter? Probably being a Mum as well and the challenges that come with that. Can mean not as much recovery time, some times your so busy that you forget to eat which can effect training performance etc. But absolutely wouldn’t change a thing!


3. Who do you get inspiration from?
Mostly other female fighters & especially the new ones stepping up and giving it a go.

4. If you could fight on any promotion in the 12122663_10156230716805245_1485181157182093332_nworld what would it be and why? Havn’t really thought about that yet.

5. What is your favourite part of training? Training with my husband/ trainer, its a great bond and passion we share. And just the way you feel after a good sesh or fight!

6. How would you describe your self as a fighter? Very calm, a little too calm & relaxed sometimes. Nothing really phases me.

7. What are 3 things people might not know about you.. 1. I’m a full time Mum! 2. My husband Ash is also my trainer. 3. I’ve trained different styles of martial arts since I was 5 years old.

12088253_10156230717310245_1830791816748878839_n8. Do you have any pre fight rituals? I go to the gym on fight morning and move around a bit, jump in the ring for an extremely light sparring sesh with Ash just to get in the zone.

9. What are your fight plans for the rest of the year? To have as many fights as I can during the rest of this year, and early next year. Then hang up the gloves for a bit and have another bub!

10. Any advise for anyone wanting to give fighting a go? Jump in and give it a go! Over prepare yourself, and smash your cardio for your first few fights, they are usually fast paced/ rushy.

Anyone you would like to thank? My Husband/ trainer Ash for putting all his time and effort into 11231751_10156230719000245_2589816561257643324_ntraining me and letting me sleep in on weekends to recover for next weeks training. My daughter for being an amazingly chilled kid, and being so well behaved when I’m training. All the gyms we’ve trained with and been a part of these last couple of years- K & M muay thai, The Station gym, Barossa muay thai & The Firm Willunga thaiboxing.


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Beck Beirne Fighter out of Supafight gym Australia

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Name: Beck Beirne, Age: 23 , Country: Australia, Gym: Supafight, Weight: 51-54kgs, Fight record: 5 fights 5 wins 1 ko, Titles: No titles yet 🙂

1. How long have you been training Muay Thai and why did you become a fighter?

I have been training for about 3 years, I became a fighter because I am in love with the sport and obsessed with it and just get a huge kick out of it.

12003419_466816980188874_7977269176617282171_n2. What has been your biggest challenge as a fighter?

Biggest challenge would be finding the time to train as much as I would like whilst juggling work and home life.

3. What drives you?

What drives me is passion for the sport, I simply love it and it makes me happy learning and progressing.

4. If you could fight on any promotion in the 12003034_466427753561130_8173294076411939841_nworld what would it be and why?

If I could fight on any promotion it would be Lion Fight in Las Vegas because it would be an amazing experience that I would never forget.

5. What is your favourite part of training?

My favorite part of training is technique and sparring.

11899860_453792038158035_8961499338453611839_n6. How would you describe your self as a fighter?

As a fighter I would describe myself as a forward fighter, and a kicker/clincher more than a puncher.

7. What are 3 things people might not know about you..

1. I play the guitar 2. I am a horrible cook and mostly eat out 3. I’m not a morning person at all.

8. Do you have any embarrassing fight or training moments?

Embarrassing training moments- getting teeped in the belly and then having a fart escape, then not being about to finish the round because I’m laughing too hard.

9. What are your fight plans for the rest of the year?11215141_459970264206879_3450314789966595778_n

Fight plans for the rest of the year is Rebellion on November 28.

10. Any advise for anyone wanting to give fighting a go?

Anyone who want to give fighting a go, be sure that you want to, and believe in yourself, and don’t give up. You gain the most when you push through the hard yards.

11214315_473048729565699_5577777069477490976_nAnyone you would like to thank?

Would like to that Keith Grant and Don Millar for their fantastic coaching and fun and real personalities. Also the whole team at Supafight for being a supportive and super cool family.

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Sharna “whippet” Myers From Australia

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Name: Sharna Myers Age:16 Country: Australia Weight:50-52 Fight record:8f 3w

1. How long have you been training Muay Thai and why did you become a fighter? I have been training Muay Thai for 5years but I’ve only just started fighting in the last 2 years and I became a fighter because I thought I would try something new for a change.10500273_1118938334790228_4295419037482855907_n

2. What has been your biggest challenge as a fighter? Cutting weight for 1 of my fights at the beginning of the year.

3. What would you be doing if you were not a fighter? probably being a normal 16 year old girl.

4. If you could fight on any promotion in the world what would it be and why? I would love to fight on live TV because it would be a dream come true.

11999978_1041356769242885_1371206839_n5. What is your favourite after fight food? Sometimes I get Mc Donald’s , otherwise home cooked food.

6. Name your 3 best things about training/fighting and your 3 worst things..

Best things 1.healthy 2. Staying fit 3. Loving what I do.

Worst things 1. Cutting weight 2. Maintaining the weight 3. Training is sometimes my worst.


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7. Do you have any special things you do on fight day? No, not really.

8. What are your fight plans for the rest of the year? Don’t have any up coming fights, just training until a match comes up.

9. Any advise for anyone wanting to give fighting a go? Give fighting a go. If you don’t like it,
you don’t like it but most of all have fun with it.

11998033_1041356795909549_1085287365_n10. Anyone you would like to thank? I would like to thank my parents, my mum for taking me to training and sitting at training even when she is sick.

Athlete page: Sharna Whippet Myers

Interview By Natasha Sky Sept 2015, Photos supplied/From Facebook

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