These embrace a silver in the Light Contact class and a bronze in Kick Light class

These embrace a silver in the Light Contact class and a bronze in Kick Light class

Just earlier than her bout, when Nivedha Srinivasan noticed her Greek opponent, Barmpouti Androniki, do a full break up on the ground, it gave her the chills. “I used to be scared. I noticed how versatile she is. I can’t do a full break up,” says Nivedha over a name from Istanbul the place she has simply won a silver in the Light Contact class and bronze in Kick Light class at the WAKO Seventh International Turkish Open Kickboxing World Cup — 2022. The 14-year-old from Chennai is the solely woman from India to win medals at the recently-concluded occasion.

A gold was what she needed. All her focus was on successful. In truth, a lot that when the Indian contingent went out to discover the charming metropolis of Istanbul, Nivedha selected to remain again at the lodge and put together.

Nivedha with Suresh Babu, coach and founder of Spitfire Kickboxing Academy

Nivedha with Suresh Babu, coach and founding father of Spitfire Kickboxing Academy
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At the finals of the Light Contact class, Nivedha says her opponent scored three factors with out letting even her ft contact the ground. “She simply stored kicking. So many face kicks! But I’m glad I managed to face by way of it.”

It was Nivedha’s first time in a World Cup. . Her nostril hurts however she is glad she received to expertise this and perceive what the competitors on the worldwide degree is like. “I want to enhance my flexibility and method, and want extra expertise,” she analyses. As for the aches and pains, she says, ”We undergo quite a lot of conditioning, in order that doesn’t matter.”

She began kickboxing a year-and-a-half in the past at the Spitfire Kickboxing Academy in Anna Nagar. It was one thing she took up in October 2020 because of the lockdown. “Sitting at residence all day exhausted me,” she says. The different actions she enjoys are gymnastics, badminton, skateboarding and swimming. This time, she determined to study martial arts. “I needed to pursue karate however my mom prompt attempting out one thing that not lots of people do,” she provides.

Podium finish at the World Cup in Turkey

Podium end at the World Cup in Turkey
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Prior to the World Cup, Nivedha scaled up her follow. Her coach made her run for 45 minutes each morning and that helped enhance stamina. “I used to be capable of stand and combat for 4 minutes,” she says. She sparred with ladies and boys at the academy. While sparring with considered one of the boys she received a bruise beneath her eye simply earlier than leaving to Turkey. “We additionally had a nationwide coaching camp in Chennai with 200 members and 6 worldwide coaches from Italy, Norway and Korea. We educated twice a day for two to 3 hours.”

Charged by these wins, Nivedha says she is keen to place in all the practise that’s required to match the requirements of the worldwide athletes. The factor with kickboxing is it’s essential be ready and have sturdy method. “Because you may by no means anticipate to know something in advance. Only as soon as you might be on the tatami, you’ll know what’s going to occur because it occurs.” And that could be a thrill she enjoys.

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