Q4: You competed in sport Ju-Jitsu for many years. Can you tell us about your experience and achievements?
I competed for ten years, though opportunities were limited, especially for women. Most events were in-house or BJJA-sanctioned competitions. As a coach, I believe in leading by example, so I participated whenever competitions were available. I enjoyed the striking elements, but the bouts varied with different referees. I regret not taking competitions more seriously; I often placed in the medals, but I have to be honest and say I really didn’t like hitting people.
During my time at Team Kaobon, I prepared for a charity MMA fight in 2009 but couldn’t get matched with an opponent. Despite this, today’s competitive scene is much better organized, offering various disciplines like MMA, Thai K1, BJJ, and judo for a well-rounded experience.
Q5: As the founder and head coach at Mushin Combat Academy, can you tell us about its beginnings and why you decided to pursue martial arts full time?
In 2008, after my father’s passing, I used his inheritance to take control of my martial arts destiny. I wanted to create a safe space where children could gain confidence and learn life skills, especially those with limited access due to home pressures. This was my way of giving back to the community, a value I hold dear not only as a martial artist but also as a Buddhist monk.
In 2011, I founded Mushin Combat Academy, leaving my full-time job at Taskers Sports. Initially, the gym promoted other systems through competing, but I later realigned it to focus on my vision of a dedicated Japanese Ju-Jitsu school. Today, Mushin Combat Academy embraces combative and holistic values like meditation and mindfulness. I am supported by a strong Yudansha and recognized by the British Combat Association, a very supportive organization