Can Women Be Successful In Martial Arts?
In Malaysia, the number of women competing in Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiujitsu and Mixed Martial Arts has definitely increased over the years at a constant rate. There are many talented women at amateur level-where it all begins) including our very own Colleen Augustin!
She has 4 years of various martial arts background including Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Wrestling and MMA. She is currently 1-0 in Kickboxing, 1-0 in Muay Thai and 5-0 in MMA with her latest fights at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Asian Open in Bangkok just last month where she defeated her opponent, Nurzhamal Sadykova of Kazakhstan, via technical knockout (TKO) in the second round of the final match of the strawweight division. Her win at the IMMAF-WMMAA Asia Open Championships has made her the first Malaysian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to win Gold at such a prestigious competition.
“We didn’t want to settle for anything less,” Colleen Augustin.
“My first fight, I had no clue who I was fighting and what her style was. I just went in there with my own game plan. In this fight, I made a mistake. I left my jab hand far away from my face, as I was checking my distance and I got hit with an overhand which fractured my nose and caused it to bleed profusely. After that, I could hear my corners shouting for me to keep my hands up, as I went into a clinch with her. I did as I planned, I pushed her into the cage and grappled with her until I put her down. I manage to finish with a TKO in the 2nd Round.”
“For the day of the finals, I was also going in there blind. I had no idea who my opponent was except that she was the IMMAF-WMMA World Bronze Medalist, who was also from Kazakhstan. She came out swinging just like her teammate did, the day before. My corners were shouting for me to put my hands up to protect my already fractured nose. I had the same game plan. I went into a clinch with her and she put me up against the cage. I used my knees to help me reverse the position. As I clinched with her I realised, my knees were working and I kept using them. In the end, I manage to drop her with my knees and finished it with a Round 2 TKO via Ground and Pound again. With my bleeding nose again, I was happy.”
Colleen alongside our Monarchy teammate Brandon Tang who scored a bronze in the men’s strawweight division certainly did Malaysia proud. If anyone has watched the video of our national anthem being played at the medal ceremony, they were most likely to have cried a little with Colleen. It was an incredibly proud moment. Even more so for us at Monarchy MMA, her teammates and coaches.
She came highly recommended by the Malaysia Mixed Martial Arts Federation and they’ll be sending her to Bahrain to compete in MMA end of this year in November at the IMMAF-WMMAA Worlds! If you would like to support Colleen on her journey to Worlds, you can make a contribution to Colleen’s fund set up by her Monarchy teammate. Even the littlest support counts!
Since we are on the topic of incredibly proud moments, if you weren’t already aware, Malaysia now has a female Jiujitsu World Champion. Her name is Cassandra J Poyong. We have yet to find out what the J stands for but at this point, we are sure its for Jiujitsu.
Since 2016, she has competed in Brazilian Jiujitsu 15 times and dominated just about all of them! That includes Copa Da Malasia 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, Grapple Asia Singapore and IBJJF Manila Open 2019. She has also competed once Wrestling (so far) at the Singapore Combat Championship last year and won silver for it. Her last competition is by far the most notable. We can wait to see how she out does herself next! She flew to Abu Dhabi on her own, competed without a coach in her corner. However, that did not deter her. Instead, it made her stronger and more determined knowing that her coach and teammates were all routing for her and thinking about her during class. Unfortunately, her final match was not available to us on live stream, but she won. Gold. Cassandra won herself a gold medal at the Pro Jiujitsu World Championship 2019 in Abu Dhabi. Like a true champion, she dedicated her win to her coaches, teammates and partners.
While Colleen and Cassandra compete at almost completely opposite styles, they complement each other, learn from each other and grow together as teammates. Never forget who your teammates are. A lot of ego is sometimes involved when it comes to martial arts and anything competitive for that matter. Heck, even parking is sometimes a competition. Which should not be the case (cant say the same about parking though). Martial arts teaches you discipline, patience, humility and to have a strong unwavering presence. If you have never experienced martial arts, you wont learn anything from just an hour except maybe how much stamina you lack. If you keep it up, through strength, conditioning and patience in learning something new and listening to your coaches, eventually you will succeed in picking up a new skill. However, that does not mean you use it to cause fear. Be humble with the knowledge you acquire.
We would like to encourage girls and women to take up martial arts even if its not at competitive level.
Colleen and Cassandra will see you on the mats!