“I like having a contrast between my work life and home life. I work full-time as a rights manager for a publishing company; my job is to ensure that anything we publish, we have the right to use. I deal with domains, trademarks, music rights – a whole load of stuff.
“My work colleagues think I’m mad, but they’re supportive. The worst bit for them is when I’m injured and I have to take time off to see a doctor because I’ve got a broken nose or something.
“I’m a fairly petite female with a law degree who works in an office, so people may not associate that with getting punched and kicked in the face.”
“A lot of people are quite surprised when they meet me. I’m a fairly petite female with a law degree who works in an office, so people may not associate that with getting punched and kicked in the face. But I like the fact that people think of me as being quite tough; I could probably defend myself if I needed to. Luckily I’ve never been put in the position outside of fighting to have to use my skills, but I think I have a better chance of defending myself than the average five foot female.
“I’ve been competing for about seven years as an amateur strawweight mixed martial arts fighter. I’ve had 12 full contact fights since 2011 – a mixture of boxing, kickboxing and MMA. It’s quite full on, I train six days a week, and if I’m training for a fight I’ll take a day off work to get some extra training in with my head coach. I normally have one full rest day a week to give my body a chance to recover.
“I’ve always been sporty; I did karate from the age of five, and I got my black belt when I was ten. I did karate because all my cousins did it; I was the only girl in the family and all my cousins were rough boys – always play fighting, so I decided I wanted to do that too.