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 All my life, I'd admired a pantheon of superheroes. When I was a kid, it was Wonder Woman; her golden lasso, her bad-ass invisible plane. As I got older, I looked up to athletes like Jackie Joyner-Kersee and WNBA star Teresa Weatherspoon, and movie characters like Foxy Brown and La Femme Nikita.

Kickboxing changed my life because for the very first time, when I got into a tough space emotionally and I needed to channel a butt-kicking diva, the person I channeled was me.