Studying kickboxing was the furthest factor on Ann Mary Philip’s thoughts when she enrolled her son, Chris Jubin, for classes in 2018. She and her husband, Jubin Peter, wished their son to study a contact sport. “We were impressed by a demonstration fight by the Kerala Kickboxing Association,” says Ann.
Minimize to February 2020, the 35 year-old has gained two gold medals — Mild Contact Senior Feminine (underneath 60 kg) and Kick Mild Senior Feminine (underneath 60 kg) — on the Wako Indian Open Worldwide Kickboxing Championship, held in Delhi this month. And nine-year-old Chris gained a bronze medal in Level Combating, within the youngsters’s class.
Ann initially took Chris, a pupil of Class IV, at Rajagiri Public Faculty in Kalamasserry, to Jzals Dance and Health Studio in Kakkanad, earlier than transferring to SpaRing on Chittoor Highway, run by the Kerala Kickboxing Affiliation, within the YMCA constructing. It’s right here, as she waited for her son’s courses to complete, she obtained within the sport.
“The more I practised the more interested I got. It is not monotonous: routines are different. I was pushed to do more by the coach, Kiran VS” she says. Seeing her enthusiasm, and stamina, Kiran requested her if she wished to compete. The Kickboxing Affiliation’s championship competitors was to be held in June 2019 in Kottayam.
Although she had solely been coaching for 4 months by then, she was sport for a problem. Her schedule obtained intense: she started coaching for near seven hours a day. Consequently, she gained a gold medal in her class in Kottayam.
Buoyed by the win, she started making ready for the Wako Indian Open Worldwide Kickboxing Championship in Delhi, which attracts opponents from six-seven international locations equivalent to Kirgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Nepal. Since there are few girls coaching competitively in Kochi, Ann spars with male boxers for follow. “Some of these are veterans of national and international championships, I get to match my power with theirs,” she says. Her schedule is unfold throughout the day — three hours within the morning and the remaining within the night, when Ann takes Chris for his coaching after college.
Age is a consider sport, particularly contact sport, however Ann isn’t deterred by the truth that she has began comparatively late. “There is no age limit to kickbox: there are 55 year-olds who practise it for fitness. Age accompanies maturity with which comes inner strength. The knowledge that you can do something; that is motivation enough,” she says.
From the ring
- Kiran is secretary of the Ernakulam department of Kerala Kickboxing Affiliation. He has been a kickboxer for 12 years. He says the age restrict for kickboxing competitively is 40. There’s a veteran’s class for these between 40-55 years. Kiran took a workforce of seven for the Wako Indian Open Worldwide Kickboxing Championship this yr and returned with eight medals. He says that the composition of the groups from different components of the nation is 50-50, with regards to women and men. “Teams from the south, especially Kerala have barely one or two women if at all there are any. This year Ann was the only woman.”
She credit Kiran for her achievements, “How a coach pushes one to do better, to try harder is very important. Kiran sir constantly pushed me.” He in flip says that being a coach on the nationwide kickboxing workforce for eight years helped him recognise Ann’s potential. “I could see that she had it in her. She has the attitude and the commitment. She constantly pushes herself…if she is asked to do 10 push-ups, she will do it irrespective of how tired she is,” he says proudly, including that she competed with a six time nationwide champion in one of many rounds and got here out winner.
An engineering graduate, Ann did an MBA after her son was born, which was not simple with a child. Submit-competition, she nonetheless trains for a few hours on a regular basis with Chris, when she takes him for his courses within the night. She provides that her husband is a continuing supply of assist. Balancing dwelling and her coaching schedule was a problem. “But we, my family and I, worked it out,” she says. She indicators off by including why she retains going, “I want to set an example for my son and inspire him.”