Sports Illustrated model and Muay Thai fighter wants to do MMA

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Mixed Martial Arts is a unique sport in that it attracts competitors from different types of martial art styles, for example, Kickboxing or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but it also extends out to non-combative disciplines such as bodybuilding, NFL football and in this case swimsuit modeling.

Meet Mia Kang, a swimsuit model for fifteen years who has graced the likes of Swimsuit Illustrated. In a lengthy interview with Ariel Helwani, she reveals the journey of becoming a model was no easy task.

“I’ve been judged on my appearance day in and day out every day since the age of 13. I’ve been through every eating disorder, body dysmorphic disorder on the planet — that you can ever imagine.

Although she would eventually find much success as a model, she would eventually discover a new challenge in the form of Muay Thai which she discovered while holidaying in Thailand.

“Muay Thai and living in a training camp and going through all that, it taught me to respect my body. I saw things in my body…I had a six pack at one point, never in my life did I think I was gonna have a six pack. It really gave me my self-confident and really helped me rid a lot of insecurities that were weighing me down my whole life.”

After notching a win in her Muay Thai debut, she’s made it clear of her new aspirations in the form of transitioning to MMA.

[I’m] really laying down some foundations in wrestling, some Jiu-Jitsu. Let’s not forget this is fun for me. This is what I want to do. I’ve really fallen in love with martial arts and I wish I’d done it earlier and I want to see what else is out there.”


You can check out Mia’s Instagram page here 

Author: Nic is a designer and illustrator alongside being a martial arts enthusiast. You can find some of his illustrative work for purchase here.

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