I started martial arts at the age of 16, in search of confidence and discovery. I was bullied from the age of 11, which made me want to disappear and be invisible. I lost all my confidence and started to hate who I was. But I knew I needed to find something that could help me, that’s when I decided to attend my first karate class.
It was an instant love, a love for something so disciplined yet empowering. An art that does not see colour or race, just a place to train and learn martial arts!
Was I nervous? Very! I went with a good friend and we pushed each other to go. We decided if we don’t like it we can just walk out as it’s a free try out session. We were both childhood fans of martial arts films like, Karate Kid and anything with Jean-Claude Van Damme. This was us living our childhood dreams of being the next Karate Kids! We were so excited to get our Gi and white belt. Shotokan Karate teaches you discipline, patience and courage. It was definitely something that got me out of the depression I suffered from the childhood bullying.
I stuck to it and did Karate for 6 years, until I got my 2nd Dan black belt. But I needed something more, that’s when I found Kickboxing & Muay Thai…where the journey to self-discovery really began! I didn’t tell my parents about my love for combat sports, until I received my black belt for Kickboxing. They were surprisingly proud and wanted to see the huge certificate and belt.
My friends were supportive and have attended my local tournaments. They knew my love for the sport and dedication for it. I didn’t really tell many people about my martial arts journey, it was something I did for myself. My instructors were so supportive and always pushed me to get the best out of me. I wasn’t the loudest or the strongest, but I was the most dedicated.
Muay Thai gave me the strength & confidence to be who I am without any filters. When I step into the gym and put my gloves on, I feel as though I’m in another world. The feeling you get from hitting those bags, no other workouts has ever compared. It helped me connect with myself physically and spiritually.
Combat sport is now a way of life for me and I have been in the field for over 15 years.
I now run my own martial arts club called Pink Diamond Martial Arts. I have also released my first book on anti-bullying called Heroes, a guide to anti-bullying. I’m hoping I can help young girls and women to self-discovery and teach them to defend themselves at the same time! My dream is to give girls the gift of self-acceptance and empowerment through martial arts.
You can find me on Instagram and Facebook @pinkdiamondmartialarts