Kelsey Andries

Muay Thai World Champion

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Fight vs Olivia Curry

Fight vs. Olivia Curry - June 29th, 2014  TBA Tournament Title, Des Moines Iowa

What they don’t tell you about winning a world championship is that the peak, positivity and high you get from winning is often times followed by a dark, deep valley of the same magnitude, but in the opposite direction.  After winning Worlds, I was full on, whole heardly depressed. I have never experienced this in my life and it was terrifying. Nothing in my life brought me joy, not even training which I ALWAYS love. I thought for a while that maybe this means that I am done, that I have no fight left and that it is time to hang up the gloves

I decided I would try one more fight and see how it went. I registered for the TBA tournament again but they didn’t have anyone to fight me at 147lbs, but they were looking hard to find me an opponent. Olivia Curry, who was registered in the B division at 165lbs stepped up to the plate and we agreed that she would move up to A class and I would fight her at her preferred weight.

I was super thankful that Olivia took the fight.  She was a tough girl who stepped up to fight me and I am grateful for their experience as I learned a valuable lesson in this fight. For the first time, fighting felt like it was my job and I was going to work. I didn’t have a ton of crazy emotions. I hadn’t obsessed over my opponent like I used to. And I wasn’t thinking about winning, I was thinking about performing. I went in there to do my job and I did it . And even though it felt great to win, it didn’t float my soul like the last fights had. Fighting was becoming less about making me feel good from the high of winning, and more about me expressing myself through the martial art.

I have the video for this fight somewhere and I will post it once I find it. 


Fight vs Erica Mancosa

Fight vs. Erica Mancosa - June 30, 2013 TBA North American Classic Tournament Des Moines, Iowa

 

This fight was for the B class tournament final at the TBA North American Classic. I was so nervous before this fight that while I was sitting waiting to go into the ring, I was getting hit by crazy waves of nausea. I was combatting this my taking sips of water to hold back the vomit. Before I realized it, I had drank 2 bottles of water and had to pee so bad. But I didn't have time because it was time to fight. I remember standing in the corner looking across at Erica. She was smashing her gloves together, nodding her head and looking at me like she was going to kill me. I almost barfed.

The fight started and I teeped, faked the teep and landed a right cross. It got me close enough to get into the clinch and then I started kneeing. I dropped her once with a knee and got the count. Trev yelled to do it again so I did, dropped her again and then they called the fight. It was my first TKO and I was so jazzed.  I won the tournament title and a sweet shiny belt!


Fight vs Mikyla Sakurai

Fight vs. Mikyla Sakurai - June 29th, 2013 Des Moines, Iowa

 

This was my first fight in a tournament style AND in full rules Muay Thai. I had experience with tournaments when I competed in wrestling but that was ages ago so I was nervous. Like really really nervous…. I scoured the room during weigh ins looking for girls that I thought were my size and just ended up terrifying myself. Of course everyone I thought I would fight, I didn’t. This tournament was also right after the 2013 flood in Calgary that sunk the Team Smandych gym. We were not sure that Kru Trevor was going to be able to come and coach but at the last minute he decided to come. I was thrilled  and extra motivated to take home the title for him.


I had been working on staying outside, or moving inside to the clinch in the camp leading up to this fight….trying to spend less time in “la-la land”…..the dangerous space where you are sitting the pocket.  I was able to do this well in the fight and ended up spending a bunch of time in the clinch. My position was not optimal for landing strong knees and my timing was off but I managed to get the win…and I also landed my first few elbows in this fight. 


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