Victoria Louise Perkins
How old are you?
Twelve years and six months.
Do you have a nickname?
Yes, I do have a nickname, and my nickname is Tigger.
Six and a half years.
How many times do you train a week?
I train three times a week for kickboxing but two times a week for different sports and activities.
You and your family all train together. Tell me about that, are you all kick boxers?
Most of my family do enjoy doing kickboxing but not all of us do. My eldest sister doesn’t enjoy doing kickboxing so doesn’t do it. As my father is the main coach and instructor he is a little bit harder on me because I am the highest graded student; the other students follow my lead so I have to show the right level of respect to the instructor. As my family does do some kickboxing it’s a bit more challenging, because everyone wants to be the best and sometimes the arguments from home carry on into the gym and vice versa, but we always support each other in competitions and it’s always good to have someone supporting you, or to congratulate you after winning a fight.
I train to fight but my instructor tailors the training to whatever is required like pushing and pulling cars or flipping tyres.
Do you have a role model?
My role models are a MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and Irish boxer Katie Taylor.
What’s your favourite subject at school?
In school my favourite subjects are P.E and Games.
Are you into any other sports?
Yes, I’m into football. And as an extra way to keep fit I play for Pontardawe.
Quite a lot of girls do kickboxing, but not a lot of the girls do full contact fighting. And even fewer are as successful as I am.
I know you’ve been fighting lots of boys too, how is that?
Fighting boys is not the easiest thing in the world to do. There are not a lot of girls that will step through the ropes with a boy and even fewer that can win. I must say though it is just as difficult for boys to step in the ring with a girl, it’s a difficult situation for them to be in. If they win they have beaten a girl but when I beat them they can get ribbed by their friends.
I remember you saying that some boys won’t fight you because you’re a girl?
Boys are always in a difficult situation when fighting a girl, but to be honest I think most use the fact I’m a girl to their advantage to make sure they don’t have to fight me.
I started doing kickboxing in a local gym when I saw my eldest brother do a training session and I wanted to have a little go, and I’ve been doing it ever since. I started at the age of six. My father started training me and my brother in a local community centre and that is when the gym started. The gym has moved a couple of times to different places such as community centre, units and now into a permanent building. During my kickboxing career I have only lost three times but this is only in full contact, I have won sixteen other fights since then. My sixteen wins consist of six different title belt wins. My title belts are two Welsh Titles, one Southern area title, one Hells gate, one Hammertime promotions title, and one British Title. And that’s not the end of titles heading my way.
Tell me about your favourite fight so far.
My favourite fight so far must be when I won my British title. And this fight was definitely not an easy fight. It took place in Kent which was a bit of a trip, but it was worth it for the feeling of my hand being raised when I had won.
In total I have six belts and too many trophies to count.
When is your next fight?
My next fight is my Welsh Title fight on the 20th August.
What’s next for you?
Hopefully I will be win a European title or even a World title.