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Karen Ousey

Pro Fighter

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What advice do you have for an aspiring fighter?

To start with it, it is very important to have someone or something that inspires you. Without an inspiration or a goal it can be very difficult to stay focused or feel that you have a purpose. Then you have to be fully committed.

 
Being a fighter or any professional athlete is a hugely demanding job, the fight or the end peformance is just a very small part. The part people don't see is the hours of intense training, the early morning run, the diet etc etc.  However this lifestyle has totally changed my life.
It has given me confidence, I'm healthy and also I get to coach hundreds of women, which is incredibly rewarding when I see them starting to really progress and feel good about themselves.


What is your career highlight so far?

To be honest I have had many. All of them each holding a great memory.  I do feel that the press, tv always focuses on people's greatest achievement, but for me all of my achievements are equally special. From getting in the ring for the first time to becoming a world champion, to creating a womens self defence system and high intensity aerobics programs. So it's hard to say which is the greatest.  I just feel very privileged and have a personal sense of pride.
 

What is your gameplan for your debut in MMA?

You know, I just train hard covering every aspect of my game.  I constantly review my strengths and weaknesses and just keep training. I find the best gameplan is to be constantly aware of what is going on around me and to adapt accordingly.  

 

If you were not a fighter what would you be?

Great question. If I look at my life the most rewarding things are when I feel that I have helped others. I have 2 beautiful children, I coach other people helping them build confidence through thai boxing and my high intensity aerobics. I am also involved with a brand new anti bullying campaign called knockout bullying which will be teaching combat and action sports to bullied children to help them build confidence. So this is the kind of life I would continue with if I didn't fight.

 

Who were your heroes growing up?

You know I didn't really have any. It was only when I found thai boxing that I started to feel I had a real purpose. I think before this, I just drifted along not really looking up to anyone and not really knowing what I was good at. This is why I love coaching and being involved with the knockout bullying campaign. Inspirational role models play a huge part in childrens lives. Helping children get involved with sport and helping them find their skills early on in life is so important.

 

What was your favorite subject in school? And why?

I have always felt more motivated by physical activities rather than the academic subjects. Not one in particular, but any of the subjects where I could use my creative side were the one's I enjoyed.  So like most people, when you are motivated you feel more inclined to push yourself.

My outlook on life is all things are possible, so I would like to think if academic subjects were taught in a way which were slightly more motivational, I would have done well at those as well.