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An Interview with Vicky Church, Smash 10

Vicky Church - Judgement Day 2

This Saturday Vicky Church faces UK’s #2 Sophie Gallagher to defend her new ranking at Smash 10 in Liverpool. We caught up with Vicky to ask her thoughts on Sophie, Smash and female Muay Thai. Four weeks ago, Vicky Church from Cornwall, England became the UK’s #1 at 60kg after Sheree Halliday unfortunately lost her slot from being out through injury for a substantial amount of time.

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An Interview with Jorina Baars – part 1

Jorina Baars Portrait

[nggallery id=”48823″ nggid=”3″] An Interview with Jorina Baars – part 1 Jorina Baars needs no introduction these days. For quite some time she has been respected (and feared) within the Muay Thai community, especially within Europe! So much so, she struggled to get fights for two years. With her dominating win in March, over Cristiane …

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Spotlight: Diana Prazak

Diana Prazak

We’re pleased to announce that this month’s Awakening Spotlight, and ninth in the series, highlights the impressive Diana Prazak. Diana brings two firsts to the Awakening Spotlight series; she is the first Australian female fighter we’ve covered, and also the first Boxer! You might be thinking… “About time!”, and to this we hold our hands up and say…”yep, sorry!”

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Behind the lens: The unsung heroes – Scott Hirano Pt.2

Cristiane Justino by Scott Hirano

A great way to gain insight into Scott Hirano’s creative direction and how he gets the photos he does is to take a look at his inspiration. His photojournalistic style is inspired by the likes of: James Nachtwey, Eugene Richards, Nina Berman, and especially one of his favorites W. Eugene Smith. He feels that their secret is to invest a lot of time into their subjects, which in turn creates images that are way too real.

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Spotlight: Lindsay Haycraft

Lindsay Haycraft Spotlight

Our ninth Awakening Spotlight article takes us to Louisville, Kentucky to highlight American Muay Thai and K1 fighter Lindsay Haycraft. We thought this genuine and hardworking lady was an ideal athlete for this months’ spotlight. Sadly, she officially announced her retirement at the end of May, etching in history her respectable overall record of 25-12-0. We asked her what inspires and motivates her, and she replied…

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Behind the lens: The unsung heroes – Thomas Weber Pt.1

Laura Aiee

You may recall that last month we introduced this new feature called “Behind the Lens: The Unsung Heroes” – a celebration and tip of the hat to some of the best photographers in the fight industry. For it is these guys and girls that help to accelerate the growth of female fighting, and they often go unnoticed as people. Our first photographer that we’ll be taking a look at is Thomas Weber.

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Behind the lens: The unsung heroes, an introduction Pt.1

Julie Kitchen Awakening

This two part article is an introduction to our new feature called “Behind the Lens: The Unsung Heroes” What is art? This is a question that has caused intense debate for hundreds of years. We’re not about try and solve this conundrum, but one thing we are clear on here at Awakening is that art …

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