|Pics left and bottom right Cage Warriors 63 PIC via DamadeferroMMA|
Ireland is pretty small which can be a great thing. Amanda English is well-known on the Irish MMA scene, but I only got the chance to interview her when I bumped into a mutual friend over Christmas and suddenly the contact exchange was easy.
Amanda starting training just for fitness. The urge to fight developed when her competitive instinct took over as she improved. But her journey to a pro-fight and win on Cage Warriors 63 involved quite a few frustrations.
|Amada English vs Slavka Vitaly Italy/Slovakia Cage Warriors 63 PIC via Awakening Fighters|
- Eight weeks fight-training
- Six days a week
- Training once a day at least, preferably twice
- Night-time training being BJJ, MMA or Boxing; sparring and technique in each
- Lunch-times mean running
- Early mornings for strength and conditioning sessions at the gym
|Amanda wins against Adrianna Gibadulinova (Poland) amateur fight PIC via Kyuzo Gym|
With her years of experience, Amanda’s become a mentor to the growing number of women at her gym. A brown belt in BJJ (one of the few women in Ireland at this level) she even tutored TV presenter Vogue Williams on the subtleties of BJJ for her programme “Wild Girls”
She said: ‘I would have been the only woman at Kyuzo for a long while. Now we have a great number of girls coming through, more so on the BJJ side but some doing MMA as well. It’s definitely become a lot more popular, our gym has a nice culture.
“It is very different from training, no matter how hard you train I think there is a mental aspect to fighting. You realise when you get in, and you’re standing there; you do question ‘Oh God, have I got the bottle for this?’ and it’s a matter of maintaining a little bit of cool and saying Yes, I have.”