I grew up very closely with my brother who is two years older than me which naturally meant I had to do/did everything he wanted to do, which in turn heavily influenced me to take interest in many 'boy' things! One of these things was computer games!...and even though I am now 27 years old and have a career in Fashion Design (ironic!), I could still easily sit at home and play computer games for hours and hours. One of the games that I played as a child and have never become bored of is Street Fighter...I still even play it to this day on my iPhone! My favourite characters to play with have always been Chun-Li and Sagat because I have something in common with both of them and is when the whole 'women need to have an emotional connection' comes to light! ....I physically cannot play a game that doesn't have an option to be a female character!
Anyway, my point of this post is to say that I have started Muay Thai lessons! I have always wanted to do it since playing Street Fighter and watching countless Martial Arts films (again, because of my brother)....from Bruce Lee, Jean Claude Van Damme, recently Ong-Bak and many many more...but as my brother went on to take Taekwondo lessons as a teenager, for some reason, I ended up doing Gymnastics! I'm not quite sure what happened but I think it was to do with the fact that my father was very traditional when it came to what boys should be doing and what girls should be doing and I guess I never asked to do Taekwondo too because I knew what the answer would be.
....and then of course my interest in Fashion happened and that was all I really focused on for many years!
I did one Muay Thai lesson about 5 years ago but I will talk about that a bit more in my next installment but the idea of doing Muay Thai had popped back into my head again! My little sister who is 11 years younger had also expressed an interest! I felt like I either had to do it now and stick with it or it was never going to happen as it had been going on for long enough...over 20 years!!...and I would hate for my sister to look back when she is in her late 20's wishing she had done it!
So after spending half a day researching on where to do it in London, I found a place that sounded perfect for us....to be continued...(sorry, this post is longer than I anticipated!)
Concept Art by Omar Dogan