Wombat Sports is continuing its efforts to profile some of those fighters under the age of 18 that will be the future of combat sports; be it MMA, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
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A prodigy in Muay Thai, 10 year old Summer Bronco currently has a 10-1 record as a fighter. Training out of the Hybrid Training Center in Virginia Beach, VA, Bronco has set her sights training in Thailand.
A documentary about her fighting is being planned as she plans on training with some of the best junior Muay Thai fighters in Canada.
We talked to Bronco about her training and her future in the sport.
Wombat Sports: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?
Summer Bronco: My friends where doing Karate and I wanted to do something like that so I choose Muay Thai.
Wombat: What do you enjoy about it?
Bronco: I like going in the ring and competing with other girls. I like to train pad work with my teammates and coach.
W.S.: How has your friends and classmates reacted to it?
S.B.: They thought it was really cool that I do a sport like this and thought it was impossible that a girl is so sweet can be a fighter.
W.S.: How about your family?
S.B.: They are behind be in whatever I do, my dad helps me a lot and takes all the trips with me.
W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?
S.B.: I look up to Monique Scriberras, a junior fighter with autism. She inspires me to accomplish my goals and dreams. I like to watch Buakaw Banchamek fight, I really like watching his ring entrance and how he scares the other fighters before the fight even starts.
W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in fighting?
S.B.: I think its exciting to watch girls fight in the UFC for the first time. I think the young girls that are already fighting at age 8 and 9 will be very good by the time we are all adults.
S.B.: I remember my first lesson when I was 6 years old it all came very easy to me and I liked it a lot.
W.S.: What have you found difficult?
S.B.: There are not a lot of girls my age that fight and it can be hard to find opponents to fight. I train all year-long 6 days a week and only fight a few times a year.
W.S.: How has it been having cameras follow you for this documentary?
S.B.: Its been ok, sometimes it bothers me. Having a camera in your face all day can upset me sometimes. But I do like the camera guys and what they are trying to do. The movie is called FINDING_SIAM….. and it’s just about My Journey through Muay Thai
W.S.: You are planning on taking some training trips in the next few years, tell us about it.
S.B.: I am next year, in April of 2014 I am going to TORONTO. Im am going to one of the best junior Muay Thai Gyms there is. I will be training at Redemption Muay Thai with my friend Kiauna Safranko. I am also hoping to go back to Sitan gym in Arizona and train with Thiago Azeredo.
W.S.: Have you had the opportunity to train in Thailand? If not what are you expecting if you do train and fight there?
S.B.: I have not been to Thailand before. I expect that the girls would be very challenging and very experienced. I think I can compete with anyone my age where ever they are from.
W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?
S.B.: I would like to be a Professional Muay Thai fighter and compete in Thailand with the best in the world.
W.S.: Anything you want to add/thank?
S.B.: I want to thank my parents and my camera person. I also want to thank my teammates and coaches at Hybrid Training Center. Thanks to Raound Customs for providing me with all my fight gear!
I want to thank all the young girls that get in the ring and fight, you all ROCK!