“I am all about growth and progress, and fighting asks you to grow and introspect on a daily basis. It’s beyond technique and conditioning, it asks questions about yourself; why you think they way you do; how far are you willing to push yourself; it forces constant introspect. I dig it.”
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5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JESSICA HOY
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AS A FIGHTER
I have always been deeply competitive. And I am the most competitive with myself, I always want to be a better version of myself, constantly improving. Fighting forces me to work on myself, and gives me some measure of growth. I am also greatly motivated by my children, I like to show them an example of tenacity and ferocity– a strong woman in mind and body.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO MARTIAL ARTS?
When I was a kid I begged my mom to put me into Karate, I was so jealous of my friends in Taekwondo. Finally I was put into American Kickboxing, which I stayed in for less than a year before became frustrated that I was attending a higher level class but they wouldn’t give me a higher belt… and my parents let me quit. I begged to be in wrestling, but my parents thought I would get ring worm and break my noes so that didn’t happen — I did wrestle my friends on the team in the halls of school before class, which was a good amount of fun. Fast forward a handful of years to when I went to my first UFC event in Seattle, I had been following MMA for a couple years and the excitement of the live event made me realize I needed to try it out and not keep putting it off. So I joined a local gym and it took off from there.