We’re pleased to announce that this month’s Awakening Spotlight, and ninth in the series, highlights the impressive Diana Prazak. Diana brings two firsts to the Awakening Spotlight series; she is the first Australian female fighter we’ve covered, and also the first Boxer! You might be thinking… “About time!”, and to this we hold our hands up and say…”yep, sorry!”
Our ninth Awakening Spotlight article takes us to Louisville, Kentucky to highlight American Muay Thai and K1 fighter Lindsay Haycraft. We thought this genuine and hardworking lady was an ideal athlete for this months’ spotlight. Sadly, she officially announced her retirement at the end of May, etching in history her respectable overall record of 25-12-0. We asked her what inspires and motivates her, and she replied…
Spotlight: Ruthie Wright. Competitive. Strong. Driven. All of these qualities can be used to describe Cornish athlete Ruthie Wright, lovingly known as “The Pink Machine”
Women’s martial arts is truly a global sport on the rise, and its growth is roused by athletes like Ranini Cundasawmy, a prominent multi-disciplined fighter from Mauritius. Ranini has been pivotal within the island nation’s martial arts community as a Muay Thai and Savate champion, coach, and icon.
Our last spotlight of the year brings you an athlete that you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for in 2014! Maureen Riordon is a true multi-disciplinary martial artist, having competed in five different combat sports to date! Even more impressive than her diverse skill set is her fierce drive to inspire others to pursue their own goals, and to never give up fighting to make them happen.
Our 6th Awakening Spotlight brings you a fighter that certainly lives up to her name. Tecia ‘Tiny Tornado’ Torres is a fiery strawweight, competing in MMA, Kickboxing and Muay Thai. This humble athlete fights out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and almost certainly doesn’t realize how inspirational she is.
Our 5th Awakening Spotlight is a very special one indeed. We’d like to introduce you to Emma Bayer of MZ & Emmers Sports Bra Auction for Breast Cancer. This is a unique spotlight because she’s NOT a martial artist, but yet has an incredibly inspiring story that Awakening has now become involved in. Did we mention that this little American girl is just six years old!
Our 4th Awakening Spotlight brings you Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu. We’re really pleased to introduce you to this wonderful lady as she has recently agreed to write the occasional article for the website. Sylvie’s discipline is Muay Thai and she’s one of the queens of social media in our eyes, which is one of the reasons we approached her.
Our 3rd Awakening Spotlight brings you Britain’s Julie Kitchen. Where do we start with this one? In the world of Muay Thai, Julie is as revered as a fighter can become. We consider her one of the most inspirational female martial artists of all time. She recently hung up her Muay Thai gloves after dominating the hearts and minds of fans for eleven years.
Our second Awakening Spotlight brings you Jasminka Cive, to date an unbeaten MMA fighter with a rich Muay Thai history and record of 17-6-1. She was born in Belgrade, Serbia and as a young girl she would play fight and wrestle with her elder sister, who was bigger, stronger and four years older. Not surprisingly her sister would always win.
Our first Spotlight brings you British girl Lauren, a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Picked for two reasons: she is an outstanding athlete, and we felt that she needed cheering up somewhat. Back in mid August she had a painful injury that put her out of training for a few months. She tore ligaments in her ankle which forced her to cancel almost everything in her calendar.