#SHECANPUNCH - WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
A few years ago, at the age of 30, I was in the middle of co-running an event management company as well as caring for my father who was terminally ill. The stress that I was placing upon myself to be the best businesswoman (and that meant being a client manager, event producer, business development manager, bookkeeper, marketing person - permanently attached to a phone and generally taking myself a bit too bloody seriously), the best wife, the best daughter, the best creative ideas person, the best friend and the best multitasker was taking the light out of life and ruining my relationships.
Next door to my house was a small boutique boxing club in Melbourne, called Fitness Ring - I had always heard sounds floating over our fence: the sound of gloves hitting pads, grunts from what sounded like big burly men, loud music - but I also heard a lot of laughter along with some female voices. Intrigued, I really wanted to step over the fence and see what the fuss was all about. I grew up with two older brothers, one of whom is a Kung Fu teacher, so martial arts was always a part of life growing up, and I considered myself a bit of a 'Tom Boy' anyway - but like some women, I was anxious that boxing was a male dominated sport and the old brain conditioning of 'you fight like a girl' was rattling around in my head.
I knew that if fear was going to get in the way, then it was only the fear that I was placing upon myself - which meant that I could move that bullshit out of the way and get on with it.
So I went to a class. A kickboxing class. And I never turned back.
I ended up working at that boxing studio a few years later, and I knew early on that I wanted to share, encourage and teach women (of all ages) the art of boxing because I know personally the impact that it can have on a woman: strength, quiet confidence, the ability to trust one's own body and believe in its ability to change, grow, adapt to anything that life throws at us. And to not take ANY SHIT.
I have met some amazing women who have put the gloves on and given this sport a go. The oldest being a grandmother of four and the youngest being a 15 year old Turkish girl that I train every week here in Antalya where I live with my husband. All of these women are fighting some kind of fight - whether its illness, losing family members, single mothers, divorce, miscarriages, trying to manage their kids as well as hold down a job.
When the gloves are on, these things don't disappear, they just become a little easier to manage, and women working together and not against each-other? Well... what a better world it would be.
SHE CAN PUNCH is a celebration of all things sisterhood and boxing.