I have been training Muay Thai since 2011. I started with Gisa Schraml and Ruth Waldeyer (at Lowkick e.V. / Berlin) and learned a lot from these two very experienced trainers. What fanscinates me about Thai boxing is the way of movement and the feeling that you never finish learning.
In 2013, I started working as a trainer und I am still practicing the sport actively myself. In 2016, .ro and I founded Sidekick.
It is important to me to create feminist spaces in which martial arts can be trained in an atmosphere of solidarity. I gained additional training experience in the Pettonpung Gym / Thailand in 2016 and in the Sit Je Mam Gym and Manop Gym in 2019 + 2020. Since 2017, I additionally train classical boxing.
Trainer licences: Class C trainer licence “Health and Fitness” and “Sport for Senior Citizens”; Class B trainer licence “Preventive Spinal Gymnastics”, certificate: “Posture and Movement through Complete Body Training”; Certificate of Achievement “Muaythai Coach Course” with Kru Manop Yuangyal, Thailand 2019.
I have always loved sports and have tried out all kinds of things in the past.
From 2010-2014 I regularly trained in Muay Thai at Lowkick e.V. in Berlin, as well as occasionally training at Rapace Berlin and in the Santai Gym in Thailand. I was part of the team that founded the Feminist Thai-Kickboxing Camp for WLINTA* in 2011 and helped organise it thru 2016. I was a coach at Lowkick from 2012-2017. In 2019 + 2020 I trained at the Sit Je Mam, Santai and Manop Gyms in Thailand for a month.
In the first years I was in training a lot myself, which then gave way to coaching more than training since around 2014— I love both.
Coaching licences: Class C trainer licences “Training Kids and Young Adults” and “Health and Fitness”, Class B trainer licence “Preventive Spinal Gymnastics”, certificates for “Posture and Movement through Complete Body Training”, “Pilates” and “official BLACKROLL© trainer”
Certificate of Achievement “Muaythai Coach Course” with Kru Manop Yuangyal, Thailand 2019
I am agender and do not use a pronoun like “she/her” or “he/his”. Please refer to me by gender neutral pronouns like “they” or use my name instead.
For a long time, sports were just something you had to do at school to me. Something stamped under the pressure of performance, people comparing their bodies in the changing rooms, role models, all that.
This impression changed completely when I discovered Lowkick Berlin and their way of training in a relaxed & more mindful atmosphere in a feminist environment in 2010. Since then, Muay Thai has become a fixed point in my life, regularly pushing my body and mind to its limits and beyond, spawning a level of concentration hardly ever surpassed. In 2013 I started Boxing training in addition to Muay Thai. In 2013/14 I gained my first experiences as a Girls’ trainer at “Mädchenzentrum Wilde Hütte” and at the Alfred-Nobel-school.
I have been training in Leipzig since 2014 now.
I’m happy to be part of a club whose pronounced goal it is to empower people, not giving a sh* about body ideals and undriven by competetiveness.
I wasn’t really that interested in Muay Thai at the beginning, I was just looking for an alternative to jogging around Berlin and its gray pavements. So it came that I went to conditioning classes at Lowkick. In the end – and with Imke prodding me in the right direction- it got me. I’ve been learning Muay Thai since 2014 and started as a substitute coach at Sidekick in 2016.
To me a welcoming and very personal atmosphere is important, so that everybody can be just what they are right now.
I’ve always liked keeping on my toes, getting a good workout, staying in motion… but I’ve never been competitive when it comes to sports.
The first time I went to Conditioning class at Lowkick in Berlin I was hooked. 90 minutes of pure fun, just working out hard, no concentrating on techniques- powering up to power down. For years I got my weekly workout there without really training Muay Thai. Nowadays I train at Sidekick e.V. in Leipzig and am a substitute coach for Imke and Caro. in the Conditioning classes. I hope to be able to share my idea of the fun and enjoyment movement can bring in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.
As a social worker and trained girls*’ coach I have been working with children and young adults for some years now. In these trainings for girls (from the age of 9 onwards) I would like to encourage then to experience and develop their strength and their bodies in a new way. I would like them to experience that sports and movement without the pressure to perform and without competitiveness can be great fun!
I started Yoga by coincidence, really, in 2003. I’ve stuck with it ever since, practising almost daily. Back then I had a really bad backache, and Yoga kind of helped. The combination of breathing and body exercises that strengthen but also improve the flexibility of your muscles, but also other benefits: A clearer and more relaxed state of mind, better stress management and a positive connection with your body. That was a very empowering experience for me.
I was trained to be a Yoga teacher by Alex Kröker from 2009-2010. Then I learned to connect Yoga with the ideas of the Alexander technique from Regina Poulheim. From 2013-2017 I had further teacher training at Element Yoga Berlin, there learning the correct positioning in the Asanas (body positions). In 2016 I practised Ashtanga Yoga in India intensely for six weeks. In 2017 I trained in Yin Yoga.
From 2012-2018 I trained Kung Fu and Wendo for feminist self-defence in self-organized FLTI*- groups.
I think Yoga and the Martial Arts go well together because Yoga is a lot about how you can be strong as well as flexible through inner body movement. That’s very important for Martial Arts and self-defense.
But additionally to all those things it is mainly an atmosphere of solidarity and the mindful and benevolent way of treating others that I enjoy and that I draw strength from.
Certificates: Yoga teacher (500h / E-RYT) in accordance with the guidelines of the European Yoga Alliance, Ashtange Yoga (300h), Yin Yoga (100h).
In 2012, I started with Muay Thai in Thailand. Primarily, I wanted to train any kind of martial arts to be able to defend myself in uncomfortable situations, which I was mainly confronted with while travelling. After 2 weeks of training, I quickly found myself standing somewhere else: the training had amazed me, gave me so much more than I had expected and since then it is impossible to imagine my life without it. Many attempts by my coaches in Thailand to encourage me to participate in competitions remained unsuccessful at first, as stepping into the ring seemed unimaginable to me. Then in 2014, I felt ready to test what I had been learning all this time. I didn’t really care about winning or losing, I just wanted to experience it. The adrenaline, the endorphins and the amazement of having taken a step into the unknown made me want to experience it again. Since then I have been fighting competitively on and off, otherwise working as a Muay Thai and functional training instructor. I love it when people leave the training happy and amazed and I hope to share the enthusiasm for Muay Thai – alongside a lot of nerdy technical input – in my trainings. In 2018 I began to train classical boxing, as I have – probably similar to some of you – very much neglected boxing in Muay Thai and still have a lot of catching up to do.
Licenses: sports and health trainer for sports rehabilitation and prevention, Fitness A, personal trainer, nutritional counsellor, back school, massage therapist
2016 Sidekick opened – a feminist martial arts club, and that in Leipzig! Ever since, I have been on fire with enthusiasm, training Muay Thai regularly. Before, I had already trained a little bit elsewhere, but it was this club that really got me hooked. Since 2019 I have also been active as a trainer, especially with children and youth, always enjoying seeing how much fun and strength the sport brings to others. In January 2020 I trained at the Sit Je Mam Gym in Thailand.
Since I was 6 years old, I have always been enrolled in some kind of sports club, but I rarely stayed for more than one year. The pressure to perform and the drill attitudes became too much. Eventually I found a club where things were running a bit differently and so I discovered martial arts for myself. There, I trained Nihon Thai Jitsu (a mix of Judo, Karate and Aikido) for 5 years. Followed by a few other sport experiments, in 2017 I finally rediscovered my love for martial arts again at Sidekick. To me, Thai boxing offers a perfect mixture of fitness training and the possibility to learn and refine an infinite range of techniques. It’s hard to imagine my life without the training and I’m happy to share this passion with others. In doing so it is important to me to cooperate with awareness and in solidarity so as to enable a training space free from body ideals and the pressure to perform. Since summer 2020 I have been offering circuit training fortnightly.
I started training Muay Thai at Sidekick in 2018. Until then, I could
rarely find real joy in sports and exercise. At school and in sports
clubs, I developed the feeling that I could not be “sporty”. The
training at Sidekick changed that. I learned and am still learning to
enjoy movement, to find confidence in my strength, to develop a feeling
for my body and to connect with it. I also learn(ed) to challenge myself
and keep going. For me, all this is empowerment. Especially also from
social (discrimination) structures that daily affect my body and on
basis of my body. In my condition training, the focus is on having fun
and enjoying movement and burning off energy. I also want to create a
space where empowerment can happen together with and through the body.
When talking about me you can use the pronouns she/her. I am cis,
able-bodied, non-fat and person of color. I speak German and English
The topics of self-assertion and self-defense are very personal, and they have been with me for quite a while. The first time I proactively looked out for them in Leipzig was during my job as a social worker in 2014. What i found was a queer self-organized kickboxing group. That was my first contact with martial arts and I was hooked immediately. As a person who enjoyes movement, my passion for this sport grew. At the same time, I realized a change in the way I dealt with critical situations at work, but also in my everyday life as a FLINTA* – I felt stronger, more self-confident, more able to act.
The job ended – and martial arts remained a part of my life. Several years of passionate Muay Thai training began with Sidekick Leipzig e.V. being founded, until I had to switch to other sports due to various injuries.
For many years I have also been intensively involved theoretically and practically with the subject of partriarchal violence. This includes, among other things, a training as a WenDo trainer, which began in March 2020 and will end in June 2022. By offering self-assertion courses, I wish to show more possibilities for action and to counteract the feeling of powerlessness of FLINTA* facing different forms of patriarchal violence. In addition, I would like to share with you moments of solidarity in the courses, as well as my enthusiasm for movement.
I am white, able-bodied, and identify as non-binary. When you talk about me, just use my name as a pronoun.