Training with MMA fighter Kerry Hughes at BKK Fighters, McKenna has been aggressive at working on all aspects of her game, including jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai.
Wombat Sports: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?
Cory McKenna: I initially started out doing karate at the age of 10 as an out of school past time and so that I had a basic understanding of self defense, after winning many competitions I fell in love with fighting and was encouraged into Muay Thai and BJJ. Later going onto boxing, wrestling and MMA in order to become a well rounded mixed martial artist.
Wombat Sports: What do you enjoy about it?
McKenna: I enjoy every aspect of the sport but mainly I love the discipline, determination and strength that you gain from it and the fact the sport is constantly evolving. I like the fact that my results are
London international BJJ NoGi open 2013 mixed winner.
determined by my performance, unlike team sports where I have
to rely on others. Finally I enjoy the relaxed yet hard working and
dedicated environment of BKK fighters.
W.S.: How have your friends and classmates reacted to it?
C.K.: Initially they were surprised, however have become very supportive and shown great interest in my achievements, yet they still think I am crazy for training 6-7 days a week for a minimum of 2 hours.
W.S.: How about your family?
C.K.: I train with my mum and brother; it gives me great pride to see their progress. My dad is also very supportive driving me around and providing me with anything I need.
C.K.: I respect people such as Rhonda Rousey who are at the top of their game and have achieved great things in the sport. However I truly look up to the team at BKK Fighters for their achievements and the sheer dedication to balance their day to day life with training.
W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in combat sports?
C.K.: I think females have more than justified their equality within combat sports and have shown that they can put on just as good a show, if not better. This will surely continue now that women have been introduced to the UFC as it is motivation for all women on the MMA scene, providing the ultimate goal.
W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting?
C.K.: With my karate background I have found that I have a unique fighting style and like to bring this into my Muay Thai, however I recognize I have quite a bit of improvement to do and with the excellent training and coaching at BKK fighters I’m sure to improve.
W.S.: What have you found difficult?
C.K.: At first I found coping with the pressures of competitions difficult and for my first Muay Thai fight, against a girl considerably heavier with more experience, I found myself getting ‘stage’ fright and not performing to my best. However I have worked hard and feel I have overcome this by competing in other sports as well as Muay Thai.
W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?
C.K.: I wish to become a well rounded pro MMA fighter and one day reach the UFC.
W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?
C.K.: I would like to thank the BKK Fighters team for their support, help and allowing me to train with the best.
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