We just recently had the honor of speaking with non-other than 13x Muay Thai World Champion, Julie Kitchen as part of our ongoing series of phone interviews titled “Muay Talk – Interviews with Muay Thai’s Champions”. If you are an avid Muay Thai fan or practitioner than Mrs. Kitchen needs absolutely no introduction. Hailing from Touchgloves Gym in Penzance, Cornwall, UK, Julie is a veteran in the sport of Muay Thai with over 50 fights and a title belt in just about every important Muay Thai organization you can think of. Now, if you are a fan of Muay Thai is Life then you know that I have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with anything and everything from the UK.
I’m a sucker for English Premier League Football (Soccer for the yanks), dry English Humor, and probably wouldn’t survive if I didn’t start out my day with a “healthy” English breakfast. With that said, when Julie accepted our request for an interview, I became giddy and nervous for a multitude of reasons. One, given the fact that Julie’s nickname is “The Queen of Muay Thai” (and for good reason!) I became nervous as I know that all encounters with any form of royalty have to follow strict guidelines and protocol. I was distraught because I didn’t know whether or not I had to bow my head when we spoke or if I had to address her as “Your majesty” or “Your Royal Highness of Muay Thai badassery”.
My second dilemma was that, unbeknownst to Julie, I have a completely platonic and schoolyard crush on her. This was disconcerting because knowing that we would be seeing each other through Skype, I was consistently wondering if my hair was stylishly disheveled or if the lighting in the room was soft enough to accentuate my good side while hiding my flaws. In the end as I look back, I definitely know that I probably looked like a total scumbag, so I’m really sorry Julie and I hope my interviewing skills made up for my unpleasant appearance.
Last but not least, because Julie is from Penzance, during the interview I had to consistently fight the urge to breakout in song and sing “I am the very model of a modern Major General” from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Now if you don’t know what I’m talking about, the song is hilarious and has been parodied on many occasions…plus it’s awesome…and if you don’t believe me, see for yourself
Anyway, regardless of the diatribe I just subjected you to, the fact still stands that Julie Kitchen is the #1 ranked female Muay Thai fighter in the world. She has not lost a single fight since 2008 and is currently enjoying a very healthy 15 fight win streak. She recently fought Martina Jindrova at the Muaythai Premier League’s inaugural event in Long Beach, California and will be fighting for the MPL again on November 6th in The Hague, Netherlands. Before you check out the video below we have to apologize for the sound issues during the interview, the Skype connection was less than ideal for some reason but we hope to rectify that when we speak with Julie again after her bout in November. A big thanks to Julie for being a trooper through the technical difficulties!