Jackson to join the Touch Gloves ladies team for the Femme Fatales fight night
Six of us travelled to Jersey by Ferry to Guernsey and due to delays we were then flown out for the final part of the journey just making it for the weigh ins at The Grand Jersey Hotel. Once we were settled into our accomodation we all had an evening meal in a local Thai resturant with 14 x World Champion and Queen of Muay Thai, Julie Kitchen.
On fight day Kate Jackson and I basically chilled out for most of the day keeping calm and relaxed. Later in the afternoon we had a little pamper with Julie and Claire doing our Fight Hair.
On arrival to the venue we all had our hand wraps put on by Julie and Nathan Kitchen. At 5.30pm we then attended the rules meeting which is where it was then established my opponent wanted to fight without Shinguards, I had taken the fight knowing my opponent had experience of 8 fights but was advised it would be with shin guards, this now obviously changed my state of mind!
Usually fighters have a 5-8 week fight camp to train specifically for
the discipline as well as pshycologically get prepared for the fight. After discussing with coaches and trying to get my head round the whole
'shin on shin phobia' I decided to wear thin ones (this was more so that I didnt think about the shins and could concentrate on hands etc) I understood this protected my opponent more than myself.
Julie massaged my legs and arms with Thai oil and covered my tummy and some of my face withe vaseline. Nathan helped me warm up on the pads as well as Kate. The entrance was good I had a dancy track and Julie Kitchen walked through with me (very honoured indeed), once in the ring I loved the sound of the Thai music and felt quiet relaxed, took a deep breath and started to focus. Julie and Nathan cornered me and were really calm. I was pleased with my first round and realised that someone kicking me with no shins was not
that bad after all!
... I fought the next 2 rounds and my opponent was quite technical in the
clinch. After round three I felt uncomfortable with myself in that I was
getting frustrated rather than focussing. I was not feeling confident, not
feeling 100% with what I was doing or really understanding what scored and how.
Please dont think i stopped because of the take down, that was
nothing and i'm certainly used to being thrown to the floor practicing BJJ and
I decided after the 3rd round that I had done what I could under lots of conditions against me and last minute change in rules. I have no regrets getting in the ring and no regrets stopping myself! I have learnt so much from this fight and cant wait to train fully for one again and would not worry too much about shins now. I was very honoured to represent Touch Gloves as a guest fighter.
Here are the clips to my fight rounds....