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The female MMA Champ

She loves the vibe that MMA fighters have. The good thing is that she exudes the same vibe so naturally. Little wonder then that Ishika Thite is a national Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champ.

Though she won her first MMA medal at 26, her journey began perhaps subconsciously as a child when her father started her training in Karate.

“I started training at the age of four with my father. As a teen, I used to wonder why I have to do it, my legs pained, I couldn’t play with friends because I was training. I would get annoyed with it,” shares Ishika. After she completed college and started working, Ishika trained in kickboxing and found herself drawn to MMA. “Martial Arts was all I have seen growing up and I realized in my mid 20’s that this is all I wanted to do,” smiles Ishika. “I took classes and trained myself in MMA. I won a medal and then one more. Those wins gave me the confidence I needed to jump into it full time,” says Ishika. There’s no looking back since!


MMA is a combination of various martial arts. It is a combination of striking and grappling. Striking includes karate, boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai and grappling includes jujitsu, wrestling and judo. I give my training 90 minutes in the morning and in the evening. For the rest of the day, I am training others.

Mental fitness

Fights are stressful. Given the nature of my work, and my training, I can’t keep up with friends. I train all the time, so the body gets sore in the week, no time for friends and hanging out and chilling, no social life.

I am a loner and decided I would get a cat. I got the most beautiful cat ever- Glory. She gave birth to four kittens and now I have five babies, all of who are responsible for keeping me mentally strong. I love spending time with my babies.

There is huge pressure to be better and better in this field too, like it is in the corporate world, I won’t deny it. I had a normal corporate life before I got into MMA, but this is way better.

My diet

I eat out once in a month. Rest of the time, I cook for myself everyday, and eat a meat based diet. My weakness is fried food which I can’t have so I use an air fryer. Unlike other people who have cheat meals, I have Tuesdays as cheat days where I eat the entire day.

If I am out of town for a few days, and obviously forced to eat out, I feel slower when I train. Cooking a good meal it is extremely satisfying, and something I love to do.

Respect your body

Often people say you can take pills to alter the dates of your period, but I let the body go through the normal process. I don’t take pills, even when I have fights on that day. I respect my body and love it so I won’t do that. I deal with cramps, just like other women do.

Dealing with a bad fight

Normally I show I am ok, but at night I keep watching the fight again and analyze my moves. I say I should have done this not that. By the time I am done analyzing, I am sure that I am going to do better next time.

For MMA aspirants

In India MMA is growing right now, it’s a good time to get into it. Starting with boxing and wrestling at a young age is beneficial, but that is possible only if parents are willing to support their kids. I would suggest getting into MMA at 16 or perhaps even 14 onwards by introducing them to martial arts. Do it seriously.

Do you have it in you?

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