When Brooke visited Thailand with her husband, Eddie, in 2015 for a training holiday, they met some people that were in the country for a few months. These people focused on just training and fighting, and they thought, “That’s awesome!” But the young couple had obligations and responsibilities back home in Australia – a business, phone plans, a car, and two dogs. “Too much stuff,” says Brooke. However, they couldn’t stop thinking about the possibilities and what it would be like to be full time professional fighters living in Thailand, simply by giving up what they had and by choosing that lifestyle. The thought of that dream nagged them until they started taking steps to making it a reality. They sold their business, all their “stuff”, and took their dogs, Sage and Poppy, with them to Thailand.
Upon a first glance at Iman, the easiest things to notice are her eyes. Her eyes are always wide with a hunger for improving her striking skills, and she takes her training and fighting very seriously. She’s disciplined and does everything she has to. Why? Because she wants to win. And if she doesn’t win, she at least wants to give her very best. Currently 33 years old, she has never backed down from any challenge, and fighting is no exception. She’s fought top names in both Muay Thai and K1 (Chomanee Sor Taehiran, Iman Barlow, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, just to name a few), is a Muay Thai Angels semifinalist, and has titles to boast (2x WMF World Champion and recent WBC European Champion). A native of Malaga, Spain with Moroccan roots, she started training over 10 years ago after walking by a local gym. She used to stare at the people wistfully through the window. “My gut feeling told me I had to go in and ask about the classes and commence training”, Iman reminisced. “Nobody noticed me at all during my first class, because I was very new and had no technique whatsoever.” However, a trainer at the gym named Pedro […]