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Akvile Vitkauskaite is a Lithuanian born multi-disciplinarian who now lives and trains in Reading, UK at Shoot Kickboxing Academy under Milan Vanik. She began her journey into martial arts at the age of 14 after being bullied and she decided to take up Shotokan Karate. Since the beginning of her journey she has trained in Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA and Kyokushin Karate. Incidentally, between 2000 and 2005 she won several medals for the Lithuanian National Kyokushin Team!
We asked her for her thoughts on what martial arts is to her and she replied...
"There’s no better, more charging, more fulfilling, more addictive, inspiring and effective workout than combat sports workout. And going to fight in front of the crowd is excitement of yet another dimension. It means I walked the length, did something, not many would commit doing, endured that gruesome physical preparation routine, defeated the demons of self-doubt and fear, and here I am at my best and ready to prove it. It’s immeasurable, thrilling, breath-taking – hard to match words for that experience."
Her professional MMA record is currently 1-1-0, and her Kickboxing record is 3-0-1. In regards to her Kickboxing career we have a couple of interesting facts... she won the Czech Kickboxing Open in 2007, and she also made her debut against none other than Meryem Uslu, and won!