Learning from the best

FIGHTERS: Local Muay Thai fighter Emily Goldsworthy (left) recently trained with UFC star  Joanna Jedrzejczyk (right) in Adelaide.

FIGHTERS: Local Muay Thai fighter Emily Goldsworthy (left) recently trained with UFC star Joanna Jedrzejczyk (right) in Adelaide.

Being a budding Muay Thai fighter, there was no way Emily Goldsworthy was going to pass up on the opportunity to train with former UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Emily has been training out of the Complete Control Martial Arts gym run by local MMA fighter Alan Hartley for the past two years.

After discovering the opportunity through Mr Hartley, Emily applied for a chance to train with Ms Jedrzejczyk and was accepted. She drove down to Adelaide and participated in a seminar at the Arruda Team gym.

Emily was put through a number of drills focused on kicking techniques, defending low kicks, counter-attacking, and MMA takedowns.

"It was great to get that insight from one of the best of the world," she said.

"We learned techniques from her style of fighting, which is good because she is mainly known for her striking. I will definitely be putting those techniques into my training."

"I enjoyed going outside my comfort zone. It's really motivated me," she said.

Emily said it was exciting to see a 50/50 split of men and women participating in the training sessions. She hopes to inspire more women to take up the sport of Muay Thai.

"Muay Thai is definitely growing in popularity for boys and girls. There's a lot of female fighters in Adelaide that are pretty promising," she said.

Currently Emily is hoping to make a fighting debut later this year, and will keep focusing on her training to make that dream a reality.

"I'll keep putting the work in and Alan (Hartley) will decide if and when I'm ready for a fight," she said.

"Alan is so patient which is definitely helpful. He has a calm personality and is always pushing you to do better.

"At the moment we are working on our striking, because it will most likely be a Muay Thai debut rather than an MMA one for me."