In My Vobyos - Raquel Harris

In My Vobyos - Raquel Harris

'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?  

"I’ve been attracted to Martial Arts for as long as I could remember. I grew up watching PPV Boxing, WWE, and old school Kung Fu films. I loved playing Mortal Kombat too. I wanted to train in a combat sport to be more connected to that world. When my Mother put my older brother in Boxing, I BEGGED her to join, but she put me in Karaté instead."


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.

"When I started Karaté, I competed in about 1-2 tournaments every month and won the majority of my fights. I have dozens of trophies and medals. I switched to Boxing after my injury and I won my first bout by TKO. After that match, they told my coach I had to fight in the open division since I was transitioning from a different sport, but he didn’t want me to - so to keep the momentum going I started competing in Muay Thai. This way I was able to get fair matches and get acclimated to fighting for an entire round. I fell in love with Muay Thai. It felt like the perfect mix of Boxing and Karate, except the kicks are executed differently. Now, I have more full contact experience and I am more comfortable competing in the open division for Boxing. I plan on doing that, BJJ, Judo, and Wrestling throughout 2020."


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? 

"It’s my first screenplay about a young girl who pursues boxing against the will of her Mother. It is inspired by my childhood, except this character takes initiative. It’s a beautiful story, directed and executive produced by the talented, Jonny Lee Miller. When I created this, my goal was to motivate others (especially the younger generation) to pursue their dreams. I know I was able to nail that thanks to the cast and the entire crew from Floor 1 Productions."


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? 

"This will be my first time competing in the USA Boxing Nationals and I want to beat the odds, so I’ve been training with bad intentions. Camp has been very satisfying. My Coach, Marcos Suarez and I have a good rhythm going. I feel like I’ve been thinking less and letting go more in the gym. That’s how I know I’m ready! 
"I created a GoFundMe link for anyone who wants to support. All donations will go towards my flight, hotel, and training expenses. 


 "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."
 
Phototgraphy: @a_leethal | Location: @HitHouse

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