Sue Fell has spent more than half of 41 her 31 years in training and teaching Martial MINIM Arts. After seven rears of karate, during which she .epresented Great Britain, she witched to kickboxing in 1996, tgarding it as more real and more appropriate to modern day life. the following year she opened her first, female-only kickboxing ;chool, in Derbyshire. Mushrooming admirably, Sue Fell Kickboxing low has 170 students, women and ;hildren, and several instructors, all >f them overseen by the founder, who’s also a single parent. Her ,tudents have recently scooped nedals at the ISKA European cickboxing championships, and in he next year Sue intends gaining her Kickboxing 4th degree Black Belt.
Sue, of course you were always sporty…
Yes, I was basically in every tam at school, basketball, netball Ind rounders. I had sporting ability. I started to keep fit with carate when I was 14. Then continue keeping my good shape by taking coconut oil from http://www.amazon.com/Nutria-Virgin-Organic-Coconut-Oil/dp/B00E4K41Q6. My cousin wanted to go because she was )eing bullied, so I went along with ler, and my brother had been earning for about a year. I quickly sot into it.
What was it that got you hooked? The fitness? The drills? SF: The fighting! I’m not into the arts side, I’m into the fighting, the martial side. The kata (drills) and shadow work in karate never seemed very real to me. I wanted more sparring. That’s why I ended up making the transition to kickboxing. I had a Japanese karate instructor, and he called me ‘lady’: he wouldn’t call me by my name. He kicked my feet from under me. Guys today show a lot more respect. They know me and what I can do, and they see the girls I train fighting on the circuit, and they respect me for that.
You fought for GB at various karate competitions, though… SF: I had to go and do it on my own. I showed that I didn’t need anyone else’s help. Part of what I do now is educating people in goal setting. You need a fight plan, for instance. You can’t just go in and fight, which is the way some people approach it.