In Part Three of this Michele Aboro interview we found out about the Aboro Academy and commendable Aboro Foundation. In this fourth and final part we ask Michele about her health, and we also get her thoughts on what needs to happen in the industry to further growth the female side of combat sports.
In Part Two of this Michele Aboro interview we found out about the difficult circumstances surrounding retirement. In this third part we ask Michele about her transition into coaching, the Aboro Academy and the commendable Aboro Foundation.
In Part One of this Michele Aboro interview we introduced the living legend and were told about some of the challenges of training and competing as a female fighter in the 80’s and 90’s. In this second part we hear about the controversial retirement and what it takes to stand your ground in the face of prejudice.
In Awakening’s eyes Michele Aboro (London, England) is female martial arts royalty, a true pioneer of female combat sports. Finding an opponent in today’s world has definitely become easier, but still has its challenges. During Michele’s career, which spanned from 1990 – 2002, she would have faced incredible challenges as a female fighter.
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.
[nggallery id=”48823″ nggid=”3″] An Interview with Jorina Baars – part 2 Jorina Baars training in a weight vest If you missed it, click here for An interview with Jorina Baars (Part 1) where we spoke to Jorina about her experience with Lion Fight, and her upcoming fight against Anke Van Gestel.
[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 …
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!”
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.
This is our second instalment of our feature called “Behind the Lens: The Unsung Heroes” – in which we celebrate some of the best photographers within the fight industry. Many of these guys and girls help to accelerate the growth of the female fighting industry, and their work and effort often go un-praised.
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…
Competitive. Strong. Driven. All of these qualities can be used to describe Cornish athlete Ruthie Wright, lovingly known as “The Pink Machine”. We have been speaking with Ruthie a while now, and with many interesting things about her life she is a perfect choice for an Awakening Spotlight. One of our favourite facts about her …
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.
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 …