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Interview with Muay Thai Fighter Charlotte Kirwan 30/10/2013!

Charlotte tell us about your background?

I'm 30 yrs old. I have been training Muay Thai for 3 years and I've had 6 fights and a couple of tournament's in that time. I have 2 children and work full time as a team leader for South Central Ambulance 111 service.

How and why did you end up in Muay Thai?

I love the respect and tradition of Muay Thai. I wanted to train in my teens but I didn't feel confident enough. After having children l looked for something to help me get back into shape, decided to try Muay Thai and never looked back.

Where do you see yourself going?

I am going to be realising my dream in November and going for a belt. Every fighter wants a strap! It is an ICO Southern area title at 52kg against Danielle Whitfield at the Ringmasters Arena. I would love the chance to go for a British title in the future.

Who do you feel your toughest opponent so far was and why?

My toughest opponent was Jo Sczukwa, a silver world medalist in Taekwondo.
She was relentless and so quick with her head kicks. I went the distance but lost on points. I was at a bad point in my personal life and perhaps shouldn't of fought. But its gritting your teeth and carrying on which makes a true fighter in my eyes.

Who do you want to fight and who would you think twice about fighting?

There's no one I'm particularly looking to fight. And equally there is no one I would shy away from. I believe every fight should challenge you.

Is there anything you would change in Thai Boxing?

I love Thai boxing and wouldn't change a thing.

What’s your favourite move or combination?

I don't think I have a favorite move. I like using my hands and I'm equally comfortable kicking and kneeing.

What's your training schedule like?

My training schedule is hard mainly due to being a single parent to two young children and working full time. I train Thai boxing three times a week and do cardio/strength in the gym 6 times a week. It has to fit around my home life. I think the fact I have to work that bit harder means I get a greater sense of satisfaction.

How do you motivate yourself?

I motivate myself just through a love of the sport and competing. Wanting to be the best I can.

Do you follow any special diet?

I don't follow a special diet, I tend to eat healthy all the time.

Do you use any dietary supplements?

I don't take any supplements as I feel my diet is good enough.

What's your methods of cutting weight?

Weight cutting is the worst bit about fighting for me as I love food. I tend to be realistic and fight close to my natural weight only cutting 2-3kgs. I achieve that through diet and running mainly. Also cutting out things like bread, cakes, sweets and just eating more chicken/fish and vegetables. Also lots of soup as it fills me up!

Do you plan to learn any other martial arts or skills?

Part of my reason for moving to Ippon Gym this year was to train BJJ although time restraints mean I can't do as much as I'd like.

Why do you use Ippon Gym?

I choose Ippon to study other martial arts they offer. But the gym has a friendly vibe, no egos and I'm very happy there.

Who is your idol?

My idol would be Julie Kitchen. She's the most successful British female Thai boxer and started later in life like myself.

Finally, if you could give advice to people who have just started Muay Thai what would it be?

My advice to new comers would be stick at it. We all started off not knowing and being unsure. Sparring and training with the more experienced people than you will help you. And don't be afraid to try new things.