Inside Hitchin Magazine - March 2021 - Magazine - Page 10
19 Year old Ethan Brooks FILLS US
IN ON what IT TAKES TO BECOME A
THAI BOXING CHAMPION...
I’m Ethan Brooks from Hitchin. I am 19 years old and have been
Thai boxing for 14 years. I train with Brooks Gym, of Hitchin.
So far I have achieved the following:
WKA 34KG AREA TITLE - JUNE 2014
REDEMPTION TITLE 34KG - AUG 2014
WKA 34KG JUNIOR SOUTHERN AREA CHAMPION - DEC 2014
ISKA JUNIOR ENGLISH CHAMPION 36KG - APRIL 2015
WKU ENGLISH CHAMPION 42KG - MARCH 2016
DESTRUCTION AREA CHAMPION 46KG - FEB 2017
ISKA ENGLISH CHAMPION 54KG - JUNE 2019
Hi Ethan. What age did you start Thai boxing
and who encouraged you to take this up as your
chosen sport? I started Thai boxing at the age of 6. My dad
was the main person that encouraged me to start this sport.
Thai boxing was always going to be something I would do,
because my dad is an instructor.
Why do you enjoy Thai boxing? I enjoy Thai boxing
because it gives me something to work towards and a sense of
achievement when I put in the effort and win my fights.
How did it feel when you become the ISKA English
champion? When I became the English champion it meant
a lot to me. I had trained really hard for this fight so to win felt
How often do you train and where? I tend to train
between 6-10 times a week, this is dependant on if I have college
or work. All of my training is done at my dad’s gym.
What other activities interest you? I used to enjoy
swimming when I was younger, but stopped and committed fully
to Thai boxing. I also tried football but that didn’t really work out
Do you have any sporting hero’s, Who are they
and why are they? I don’t really have any specific sporting
heros, but I still enjoy watching fights on UFC, Bellator and ONE
Championship. Liam Harrison and Michael “Venom” Page are
two of my favourites.
Is there a special diet required? I don’t stick to a specific
diet much. Most of the time I just have things like chicken and
rice or pasta with tuna. I do sneak in a few chewy sweets!
What is your signature move? Signature move, I know
it’s definitely not my punches. I’d personally say my leg kicks.
When I fight a lot the time I’ll land quite a few and hopefully the
person’s leg will start give. I find them to be quite easy to use and
I can use them in any situation in a fight.
What exercises and drills take place in a Thai
boxing class? In Thai boxing, we will do pad work first. These What music do you listen to before a fight?
can be from 7-12 intense rounds. We will then sometimes go
We normally play music out of a speaker and a lot of the time the
through some techniques and then onto sparring.
music played will be rap.
You often travel to Thailand to train. Could you tell
me about this? We go to Thailand at least once a year. This
will normally consist of two training sessions a day. One early in
the morning and the second in the afternoon. The sessions are
really hard, as the heat in Thailand is normally about 35 degrees
at this time of year. It’s a really good experience and you can learn
a lot about Thai boxing when you are there. We train in Bangkok
at a gym called Sasiprapa.
How do you prepare for a fight? When preparing for
a fight, the first thing that tends to happen is the food I eat will
change and the portion sizes will become smaller. This makes
weight cutting easier and I also only drink water. I will start to
train hard on the lead up to the fight with a morning and evening
You are a student at North Herts College, what are
you studying? I’m currently studying Sport Science. This will
help benefit me as I progress my career in sports and fitness.
To all of the local youth looking to start a new
sporting hobby, why would Thai boxing be the
ideal activity? Thai boxing is great for everyone. Its great
fitness as well as a confidence builder, you become part of a team
and you also learn a Martial art along the way.
Whether you’re a beginner, an
intermediate, looking to take that next
step, or a fighter looking for a new
home, Brooks Gym has classes where
new members are always welcome.