Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Three Stroke Productions talks to Kerry Maserati and Jolie Versatile (MMA)

Kerry and Jolie come from Essex.... They love their jobs, their families, their friends, and.... MMA!
Are there any slightly male chauvinists readers out there reading this blog that feel surprised?
Read the article and know more about Kerry Maserati, Jolie Versatile and MMA... 

Jolie Versatile

Hi Jolie, tell us something about yourself..
Where are you based? 
I'm based in Chelmsford, Essex. 
When and why did u decide to become a kickboxer? 
I always liked the idea of kickboxing but there were never any clubs around until I moved out to Chelmsford. A leaflet came through my door, so I went and signed up without even trying the class, I knew I wanted to train and get fit with kickboxing. 
Do you have a kickboxing figthing record?.. 
I haven't fought professionally as a kickboxer, just as a light continuous fighter. After fighting a few times and getting 2nd and 3rd place trophies, I won the WUMA world cup and got an awesome 1st place trophy in October 2011. 
We know that you train a lot in brazilian jiu jitsu... 
Why do you like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how did you started to train? 
I received my blackbelt in Kickboxing in March 2011, it had been my goal for a while. I teach Kickboxing once a week and train with my students, but when you get to a level in stand up fighting, I find that there isn't much more you can learn. My good friend and training partner Kerry Masarati invited me to a Women's BJJ Open mat. I rolled with a few ladies and had no idea what I was doing, but was hooked! Kerry had been having some private lessons with Alain Pozo and Sarah Merriner from Carlson Gracie Essex. I went to a few classes, but it was a couple of months before I made it part of my weekly routine. 
Describe please your daily schedule? Train? Work? 
I work for myself and over the summer months work life is really hectic, but I still find time to train in the evenings. Since the Carlson Gracie Chelmsford gym opened, I have been able to train a lot more as its so much closer to me than Colchester. I train 3, sometimes 4 evenings a week BJJ and just once a week kickboxing. I'm also a member of a gym where I'll train cardio and I also swim twice a week too. In the winter I have quite a few days off in the week, so I can train with my friend Kerry at Lion's Boxing Gym where I hold my kickboxing classes. 
Can you tell us a bit about the BJJ scene in your area? 
BJJ in Essex is growing quite rapidly. The Carlson Gracie classes in Colchester have almost doubled in the time that I have been training there. More people are become aware of it now. The Chelmsford classes are still quite small, but once the word gets out, I'm sure they will double in size in the next year. We have a really strong team with some great fighters. A lot of the guys are winning Gold at some prestigious competitions, but that's down to their hard work and dedication, plus having a really good coach. 
Tell us a bit about your fighting style and your experience as a Kick Boxing Instructor.  
I'm quite a technical fighter and I really like sneaky crescent kicks and high kicks. I fought in a charity K1 bout last year, but the rounds were only a minute and my opponent was a brawler. There was no room for me to use any kind of technique and it just wound me up. I lost down to not coming forward and being the agressor enough. In light continuous fight you have 2 minutes to show as much technique as you like. 
As an instructor teaching adults and children I'm quite a perfectionist. It comes from when I first started training and my instructor never pulled me up about my stance, so when I left and trained at another gym, the instructor there told me I had an awful stance and it took me ages to break the habit of not standing correct. So now I drill it in to my students and until its perfect. I've got some great students and they too like to fight. They have all been really successful with either winning or at the least drawing.
What "fighting" means to you? Fighting is a challenge, a buzz and a great feeling when you win. I like to set myself goals, as it gives me a sense of purpose. 
Do you train also with MMA fighters ? 
My good friend and training partner Kerry Masarati is a semi pro MMA fighter and when she has a fight coming up, we train hard at Lion's Gym for it. I also helped Katherine Brown train for her last MMA bout. She came from a loss last year and her stand up fighting was shocking (sorry Kat, but it was) so we got together quite a lot and worked on everything from scratch with her. I'm glad to say that she won her last MMA fight and threw some lovely, precise strikes against Sarah Attwood.  
Have you ever needed to use your fighting skills outside the mat/ring?
Thankfully I haven't, but before I started training I got in to a few fights, but that's only because people saw me as a sweet and innocent young girl who was softly spoken who they thought they could start on. I was able to hold my own, but I think that spurred me on to want to train so I could look after myself. People carry an aura around with them, and I know since I started training, people can sense that I can look after myself if anything happened. One time I was in a night club and a drunk guy wouldn't leave me alone and grabbed my wrist. I twisted his hand off and pushed him out of the way. He left me alone after that. I hope I don't ever have to use my fighting skills out of the ring or mats. 
Music ...Combat sport are often associated with music..For example straight edge and hardcore music are a classic within the thai boxe scene ....What music would you use for a kickboxing fight entrance? 
For my K1 fight I walked out to a Deep house track called 'Throwing Stones' Even when I think of the track in my head it makes me feel llike fighting, but in a good way, not an angry way. in December I had an amateur boxing match, so for a laugh I walked out to Dolly Parton's 'Jolene'. Its the song that has been sung to me my whole life. It got quite a good reaction from the crowd who knew me.  
We know that you are also a DJ , could you tell us where have you been djng, UK and abroad?Good memories? 
I've been a DJ since 1995 and travelled all around the world. I have some amazing memories. There is nothing better in life that being flown around the world to play music for people and get paid for it to. In the height of my DJ career I went to India one New Years eve with my singer friend Shelley (Deeizm) and we rocked a crowed of about 3000 people on a roof terrace in Bangalore. It was incredible. I went back to India a few more times after that, but that was by far the best party I have ever played at. I went to Kuwait to DJ at a private party on a farm in the dessert of Wafra and still to this day I'm the only female DJ to have ever played in the country. In 2006 I went to Dubai for the first time and flew on to Beirut in Lebanon. I unfortunately got caught up in a war that started with the Israelis. A 2 night trip turned in to a week and as the Israelis bombed Beirut airport, no one could get out of the country, so I was shipped out on HMS gloucester to Cyprus and from there I got back to London. It was quite an adventure to say the least! My London and UK gigs haven't been as hair raising, but they are always fun. I was resident at Ministry of Sound from 2001-2003 and I won the award for best DJ at the UMA's. I still DJ out, but not as often. The world and their mother is a DJ now, and I'm picky about where I play, so I just save myself for the good parties. 
Are you interested in clothing? Any favourite brands or styles?  I LOVE clothes! My mum was a designer and made Childrens wear for her own shop in the 80's called 'Jolie Childrens wear', so she taught me a lot about fashion and quality of fabrics. I tend to have my own style, and depending on where I am, what I'm doing, I can adapt it. I love Vivienne Westwood, her clothes and shoes are a luxury for me, I love the quality and style. I really like Ben Sherman clothes, but they stopped making women's wear, so if I'm buying new shirts now, I'll buy them from TM Lewin. I always find nice clothes in H&M if my budget is low. When ever I travel abroad I like to go shopping and find different clothes that nobody has. There is nothing worse than looking the same as everyone else. Fashion is about being individual for me. I do love it when people ask me where I get my clothes and there's no better feeling than telling them its from abroad, it sounds so much more exotic.

What are you plans for next year  What would you like to achieve? Next year I want to compete in the ibjjf European Open in Portugal and I'm aiming to get my blue belt. I want to have more kickboxing fights and gain my 2nd Dan too. There are some other personal goals out of the sport like cycling from London to paris to raise money for Leukaemia research. I'm sure as we reach 2013 I would have a whole lot more goals ready to achieve.

Kerry Maserati

Hi Kerry, tell us something about yourself...
I'm married,working mum of two young boys, i'm a paramedic. 

Where are you based?
I live in essex and work east london.My club is Carlson Gracie, my coach Alain Pozo, i train at the essex clubs and when i can Carlon Gracie london. I also have a personal trainer and i train muay thai in east london.  

When and why did u decide to become a MMA fighter? 

I decided to become an mma fighter last year, id had a strike and grapple bout (no head shots standing) i then went onto fight the same opponenet the week after on a amature cage show. The fight was put up on youtube and pretty soon i had alot of interest as not many females were on the scene last year.Then an mma fighter melissa churchill approached me and asked if i would like to fight her on kayo show in watford, it started then, i fell in love with mma. 

We know that you also entered some kick boxing and boxe tournaments...and brazilian jiu jitsu...Please could you tell us more about your figthing experience?
I have fought several light continuous kickboxing tournaments under WUMA, i am a 2nd dan blackbelt in kickboxing, i've had 3 full contact and one of which was a ucf title in k1 last December. I took that fight at 10 days notice, dropped 5 kg and beat the British title holder. I started bjj last year and after 6 weeks entered my first nogi at go to the ground comp. I then competed at the English open in november.

Describe your daily shedule? Train? Work?

I work 3 days a week sun, mon, tues, 14 hour days including travelling time so i only get a chance to do weights and some treadmill on these days.Every other tues i'll do muay thai . Wed i would run if my training partner is free we sometimes hook up for sparrinng and drilling. Thurs running, BJJ, fri, some sparring, private muay thai session,Bjj. Saturday sometimes sparring again, it varies each week but i usually manage 5 hours of classes and rest of free time sparring or weights, before a fight i'll try get as much sparring in as possible and i'll meet up with other girls who compete. 

Can you tell us a bit about your latest matches and plans for the current season...
My last fight was mma in wales against Kc Kendell. It was my first to include head shots on the ground. I won in second round, ref stopped due to kc tapping i managed to use more jiu jitsu in this fight. My corner was Alain and Sarah Merriner they have spent alot of time drilling and running thru escapes and working out game plans. I have only done BJJ a year so they have managed to improve me a hell of alot in that time. I am planning on training hard now and i have my eye on a fighter i respect and would like to fight in November, i will try and get a k1 fight before and do nogi but my next mma i will wait til November for, i have another pencilled in for feb, however if something comes up beforehand and i feel ready i'll take it.  

Tell us a bit about your fighting style. What "fighting" means to you? 

Fighting is a passion, its my drug, the fight for me is not about hating or wanting to harm my opponent its about facing challenges and pushing myself beyond limitations. I like the training, the build up, the adrenaline, the war, being locked in a cage with my opponent and not knowing what will happen, just pushing myself.  

Do you like music...? any favourite bands/singers?I like various music depending on my mood, i'll listen to Foo Fighters, Red hot chilli peppers, The prodigy, i listen to xfm in the car. I also like dub, ska. i love festivals, real music, scooter festivals , anything like that.

Are you interested in clothing? Any favourite brands or styles?
glassesMy style of clothes mmmmm boots, jeans, fitted t shirts, tops, not very high st like something a little alternative, occasionally a dress or long skirt, mainly trainers and flip flops girl. I spend alot of my week either in work uniform or training gear.

What are you plans for next year  What would you like to achieve?

I would like to have gone pro by the end of this year or start of next year, more mma fights, more Bjj. As long as i can achieve these things without it impacting on time with my children then i'll be happy, they are both really young and my time with them i wont get back so they must come first. Def more mma tho, getting a fight abroad would be good, i'll go with the flow and see what happens, take each day as it comes.

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