'IN MY VOBYOS' CELEBRATES WOMEN WHO LIVE OUR MOTTO, OWN YOUR FIGHT
RAQUEL HARRIS AKA ROCKY
"Write your own story. Don't let anyone else hold the pen."
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
"My name is Raquel Harris. My friends call me Rocky. I live in Manhattan and I am an amateur fighter."
YOU BEGAN AS A STUDENT OF KARATE. WHAT FIRST ATTRACTED YOU TO MARTIAL ARTS?
YOU HAVE EARNED AMATEUR NATIONAL & WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MUAY THAI & KICKBOXING, PLUS YOU HOLD A KARATE BLACK BELT, AND ARE NOW ALSO AN AMATEUR BOXER. TELL US HOW YOU CAME TO TAKE ON SO MUCH.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER MAKES YOU A GREAT FIGHTER?
"Patience. It shows when I am fighting too. I like to pick my strikes and select every move I make just like a chess match."
HOW HAVE COMBAT SPORTS CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
"I knew after my first competition that I found my passion, but I wasn’t sure how to make it my career. However; I’ve been able to generate different streams of income through personal training, fitness modeling, acting, performing, stunt work, and now writing. This is all thanks to Martial Arts. I can now say that because of combat sports I am able to earn a living doing what I love."
WHAT IS IT ABOUT BOXING THAT YOU LOVE?
"I love the growth more than anything. Whether it’s the humility, confidence, or character. It becomes stronger - you can see it, feel it, and share it."
YOU WROTE A SHORT FILM, NOT FOR GIRLS. CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE ABOUT THIS?
VOBYO'S MOTTO IS OWN YOUR FIGHT. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
"It means to write your own story. Don't let anyone else hold the pen. I often meet people with entrepreneurial dreams, but they are waiting for the perfect time to start. I believe the best time to start anything is when it becomes an idea. Do what you desire, without the approval of others. A lot of times people won’t see your vision, so you have to show them. That’s part of the message I am putting out in my my short film, Not For Girls."
YOU ARE SET TO FIGHT AT THE USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LOUISIANA (DECEMBER 7-15). HOW HAS PREP BEEING GOING? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?
"I would like to thank my sponsors/partners for all of their support: Vobyo, GirlGang Wraps, Society Nine, Athleta, Superare Shop, Bangarang, Eat Clean Bro, and Egg Weights."