Hello Cari and thank you very much for your time.
How old were you when you first started training martial arts?
I started back in 2011, strangely not because of sheer fighting but because I considered it more as fitness.
What excited you about martial arts?
How varied the training is and what you learn through doing it. It’s not just about technique and fighting, it’s also a lesson for life.
Why exactly did you choose K1?
I choose Kickboxing just as a way of recreation and then step by step it grew on me as a way of living, and, of course, the opportunities for fighting came along.
How old were you when you first stepped in the ring?
I was 22 years old when I stepped into the in ring for the first time.
What’s your advice to all young fighters?
To start training as early as possible simply to gain valuable experience in the ring and understanding of the scene out of it, all of which are very important when choosing good club and good trainer.
How did you get the nickname Killing Beauty?
That’s a good question that unfortunately I cannot answer myself. I was never asked if I like it or if this name is right for me. My former trainer presented me in the press and on the internet under that name. I disliked it from the start but he was adamant that he had the right to choose it and that’s how it stuck. But I don’t use it anymore.
Which is the victory in your career that you treasure the most?
My first KO. I remember it well when my new coach joined us and we started to train more and harder.After a few months we drove to Hungary for a tournament where I was able to knock out my opponent first time in my life. This KO was the result of hard training and that’s why it means so much to me. I quickly realized that serious training with knowledge brings result.
Do you look for a particular rematch?
I remember my first fight was not good because I lacked skill and experience. I thing next time around I’ll have my revenge.
In your opinion, what’s the secret of success in martial arts?
A good trainer in combination with training, training and more training. Plus an iron will.
Many people think that martial arts are not a sport at all, but just violence. What is your message to those people?
That they should put their prejudices away and look behind at the whole picture. There’s violence in practically every sport, some good and some bad. The important thing is to act normal and respectful.
Describe yourself in three words ?
Ambitious, stubborn, enduring
Which fight do you remember best?
It was my fight in the Netherlands. I remember it so well because it was the hardest fight so far. My opponent was a really strong and good fighter, I respect her totally as I do all Netherland fighters.
You have also fought in Africa, what are your memories of that?
Yes in Uganda. Unfortunately, the conditions were not optimal for me, I had to travel and fight without my personal trainer. There was another coach with me who looked after me in the corner. Of course, it was sort of a disaster for me, because this coach was not aware of my strengths and weaknesses. At that time I trained and fought with my coach every day for a year and a half, and it was difficult for me to have someone else in the corner who does not know how you will react or how you will fight because he also did not have so much experience. Anyway, I feel we went to Uganda purely for his own promotion and not because of me.
You recently changed clubs. With whom are you training nowadays?
Almost all the fighters and also our coach have changed clubs. We are now training in our own gym and have become a very strong Club.
Can you tell us more about your new club?
We have many training groups, you are able to train in the morning, we have a beginner-advanced group, a girls only group, a hard body training group, a children’s group and of course the fightgroup. We have great facilities and great coaches and many great members who make our club something special – we are something like a family.
Why did you leave your former club?
Unfortunately, there was a conflict of interests. Our martial arts group was back-burnered more and more while other groups have been pushed. Fighters results were neglected and when our trainer went we all decided that the time was right to leave. I never want to work in those circumstances again. There were also lies and rumors flying about, all sorts of things. At some point we simply had enough and we decided to leave.
What is your life motto?
Everything is possible.
What are your goals and wishes?
I want to show people that you always have chance to make something of your live.
Do you have some more fights in future?
I have lots of offers, right now I have two fights scheduled for the remainder of this year. Also China is on horizon now.
How do you recharge your batteries?
If I really have the time, then I’m of to the sauna or the spa to refill my batteries and relax properly.
What’s your opinion on the use of prohibited substances in sports?
I am not a friend of prohibited substances; I think they are prohibited with a good reason. It is too easy to cheat health in order to achieve better results. The fact that the body can be harmed and one can be affected by long-term problems should be a concern for everyone.
If you look back, would you change anything or decide otherwise?
If I had the opportunity again, then I would start martial arts at a younger age. That way I could start learning about this beautiful sport earlier. That’s my greatest regret.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I think in 10 years my career will slowly come to an end. Later I would like to pass on my experience to younger generations.
What kind of a girl is Cari in private?
Personally, I am of cheerful nature, and in a good mood for most of the time. I like to have fun with everyone.
What do you do in your free time?
Unfortunately I do not have much free time, I have a full time job in addition to the many training but if time permits, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
What is your favourite food ?
All kind of seafood.
Thank you for your time and all the best in future