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 Rhapsody Johnson

Fight vs. Rhapsody Johnson - March 23, 2014 - WKA North American Championship Tournament - Richmond, Virginia


I WAS WRONG! The worst was not over. Less than 45 minutes after fight my fight against Katrina I was called to fight again. I did not think it was possible to get called into the ring without being told I was on deck but it happened again. Hilarious. At least for this fight we were prepared for the possibility of having to fight with no warm up. So I stayed warm and in my gear and when it happened again we just rolled up and got in the ring. 

Rhapsody was bigger than Katrina so the game plan was the same. Stay on the outside and if she rushes in, clinch up and stay on the inside. No middle ground where her size could hurt me. It worked and after 3 hard rounds I took the decision win and won the tournament belt. It was nice to get in the ring a few times before taking off for the World Championships. 

As soon as I finished fighting (which was at like, 11:30 pm), Wade picked us up and took us back to hotel. We had to get a picture with him before heading out to grab some food. 

We took off early the next morning and were all hurting. The disorganization, travel, cut and fighting two times in two hours did a big number on me. I was a total grump on the way home until we got on the plane and the Captain happened to be hilarious. Janice (one of my teammates) and I convinced him to let us up into the cockpit and I somehow I ended up trying on his sick Captains Jacket. It was a nice end to a very long trip. 

Fight vs Katarina Coombs

Fight vs Katarina Coombs March 23rd, 2014, WKA North American Tournament, Richmond, Virginia

I had just been named to represent Canada at 67kg (147.7lbs) at 2014 IFMA World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia before this tournament. I had never fought this weight before so I wanted to test it out before the World Championships so I registered, and weighed in for the WKA tournament at 147.  It was the fist time for me making this weight and I did it using a good combination of diet and hot baths. I ended up cutting way too much as a result of...what is the nice way to say this..."organizational difficulties" from the tournament. The line up for weigh ins took 4+ hours and we were waiting outside. I LOST MY MIND and was laying on the concrete in every piece of clothes I brought looking at the stars contemplating the meaning of life. When I stepped on the scale I was 145. A whole 2 pounds under what I needed to be.

After all of that, there was no one else registered in my weight class....and nobody in the two weight classes above me.  It was looking like I had cut weight and travelled all the way down there for no reason. Trevor told the tournament organizers that I would fight the next two biggest girls that were there, (I believe at this point I said I would fight the janitor if I had to. ) After some negotiating they set up a bracket with Katrina Combs at 165lbs and Rhapsody Johnson at 165+. 

This tournament was a gong show. The bout numbers will jumping all over the place so you couldn't plan when you were actually fighting, they were super behind getting the fights going and it was general chaos. I was all wrapped up just chilling with my headphones on waiting to find out when I would get rubbed down and warmed up when the announcer announced my fight in ring #3. Trevor and I were both like "EFF" and ran to get ready.  I got geared up and Trevor hid me in a corner so I could warm up. I had no idea the announcer was yelling for me multiple times and threatening that I would forfeit if I didn't show up. Trevor made sure I was warm and ready and had me completely fooled. It wasn't until after the fight that I realized what he had done!

The fight was fun. She was much heavier than me so I kept to the outside as much as I could, and when she swarmed, I clinched up and did not let go. She didn’t seem to know what to do with me in the clinch so I just held on and kneed, kneed, kneed.  I landed my first teep to the face in this fight (which I love!) so I was jazzed about that. Our cab driver for the weekend, Wade, also stopped by to watch this fight. You can hear him in the video yelling "right hand Kelsey, right hand!". 

I did a few things well and a few things not so well and left this fight with a new appreciation for creating space to properly land knees.  I won the fight by unanimous decision and moved onto the tournament final. Despite a crazy weight cut and then a crazy first fight, I was confident that the worst was over.

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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