Meet Amateur Fighter Zowie-Marie Trevena – A True Pure Warrior!


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Amateur Female Fighter Zowie-Marie Trevena currently works as a Personal Assistant for her niece and mother in-law to help them with everyday tasks, as they are both disabled her niece also has health problems as well as ADHD and Asperger’s she is also a self-employed beauty therapist who can work between 30-40 hours a week with both jobs. Has two children and her partner Scott lives with her, but life was not so Rosie for Zowie. Here we get to find out about whom ‘Zowie-Marie Trevena is, but first we start at the beginning.

“It just goes to show you can achieve anything you put your mind too”   Zowie -Marie Trevena

EB. You are from Cornwall originally, what was it like for you growing up in what I would call a place I would go for a ‘British beach holiday’.

ZT.  I was a typical tomboy. Growing up on an estate I spent most of my time playing football, building camps or riding my bike to the beach to go surfing or my favourite past time… Cliff jumping!

EB.  You were also quite into your sports and very active during your teenage days. Can you tell me about what other active sports you did?

ZT.  I have always participated in football, rugby, rounder’s’, gymnastics, dance just to name a few, the only thing I could not do was long distance running, but that was back then!

EB. It was not all ‘fun’ for you growing up, you went through a ‘rebellious’ stage in your life. Can you tell me a bit more about this time?

ZT.  I was quite rebellious back then and always strived to be different from everyone else. Quite often, I would go home with a new piercing, tattoo, random coloured hair and some new crazy hobby!

EB. This is when you came across a love of mine as well ‘Modified Cars’, ‘Racing’, ‘Drifting’. Can you go into more detail?

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ZT.  I first got into modified cars when I learnt to drive in an Mk 2 Astra GTE at the age of 15, my ambition then was to get my licence and first car ASAP. Over the years I’ve had cars such as Peugeot 106 GTI’s to Nissan Skylines, Subaru Impreza’s and a few Japenese RWD cars that I used to drift or do track days in.

 Zowie drift in car

EB. You also came across the well-known 90’s Rave scene and went off the ‘Rails for a while’. Do you think this was due to your ‘addictive personality’ and wanting to be ‘different’ from everyone else?

ZT. When I was 16/17 I got in with a bit of a tougher crowd and started going to all night parties and raves in Plymouth and Newquay, but to be honest, some of those moments were the best days of my life. The feeling of oblivion and dancing the night away was immense… It was all about “One Love”. To be honest I do not regret any of it.

EB. In 2002, you gave birth to a gorgeous Son, then in 2004 a gorgeous Daughter. Life must have felt quiet complete for you at this moment in time, two gorgeous children?

ZT.  It was after the birth of my daughter that I suffered in the hands of a physically and mentally abusive partner. I lost my confidence, my zest for life and my self-esteem. The only thing that kept me going was the children and the fact I was studying at college.

EB.  Was it as this point you decided you wanted to try out kickboxing?

ZT.   Yes it was. I joined WAKT (West Area Kick Thai) run by Al Oakley in Camborne Cornwall. I spent six months training at WAKT and during that time, I met and married a soldier, which meant I moved from Cornwall to Hampshire. I wanted to continue my love for kickboxing and joined Impact Martial Arts run by Wayne Timlin. I spent 3/4 years training with them and was only two belts away from black belt before yet another disaster struck.

EB. Can you elaborate about this time in your life?

ZT.  My marriage crumbled and my children and I found ourselves homeless.

For some reason, I had a gut feeling to move to Devizes in Wiltshire; to this day, I cannot explain it other than it felt right. It meant moving to an area where we had no family or friends, I had to change my job, the children had to move schools. It was a very hard and depressing time. However, it also gave me time to reflect on my life choices, the way I treated others, and a chance to put my children first before anyone else, including myself.

EB. You joined a new martial arts club, how was that?

ZT.  I joined a local martial arts school, made new friends, my children also joined and we trained together. I then progressed to an instructor I’d already won gold and silver medals in the national and southern championships, however, I did not believe in the ethics of the club so left and joined Revolution Gym in Trowbridge which is run by my now coach Scott Clist.

EB. What changed for you being at Revolution Gym?

ZT.  It is here that I began to think about fighting, and felt that even though I was 30 I had more to give. What also spurred me on was my ex said I would never be good enough to fight! Scott Clist is my coach at Revs, I joined Revs as the atmosphere was more relaxed and I could be who I wanted to be. Scott, has actively encouraged me to push myself, and never allows any self-doubt! Being part of Revs is like having an extended family! Sometimes with the hard training he gives us, it is nice to know you are not the only one vomiting at the end of a session!

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EB. Sunday February 3rd 2013 was a huge achievement for you, can you tell me why?

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ZT.  I entered my first inter club, at Spartans,  then in May 2013 I had my first K1 fight, and then I fought K1 again in August 2013 again.

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EB.  You have another fight coming up this Saturday February 22nd at Ulitmate lmpact Cagefighting 11, GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester against Lea Fendt, do you know much about your opponent?

ZT.  I believe Lea, is trained by David Willmot, who has a fantastic reputation, so I expect my opponent to be tough! However, I am ready  I have been training hard  It has not been easy between working, running a home and spending time with my kids, but my partner and kids have been very understanding and a great support!

EB. The fight also co-insides the day before your 32nd birthday, how excited are you about this?

ZT.  Pretty excited about fighting on my birthday.  I Could not ask better people to spend it with. I have made many friends through fighting; these are people I admire and respect.

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EB. You have a female fighter that you really look up to as your ‘Hero’ can you share this with us?

ZT. My hero is  ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings, she is also a mum of two who has overcome a Domestic Violent relationship. She has fought in the Invicta championships and has now signed to UFC in the straw weight women’s division. It just goes to show you can achieve anything you put your mind too!

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EB. Anyone you would like to Thank.

ZT. I’d like to thank my coach Scott Clist, the guys and gals at Spartans Gym for the additional training, Marc Smith at Pure Warrior for his support and last but not least, my partner Scott and my children. Without their support and understanding I wouldn’t be able to train so much. Oh and I’d like to thank my training partner and corner “man” Polly Beauchamp for teaching me to push past those barriers!

Quick Fun Questions

EB. Favourite Food?

Got to be a Cornish Pasty!

EB. What song are you usually singing in the shower/bath?

You will never catch me singing… I’ll leave that to my daughter!

EB. Most inspirational person?

There isn’t one person who particularly inspires me… I seem to admire many people for different reasons.

EB. Dream Car?

If I could have my dream car … It would be an Skyline R32 GTS-T , I love my old skool jap turbos!

I would like to thank Zowie for her time given to myself to do this Interview. Thank you.

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FULL FIGHT CARD

Tommy Cook v Leighthan Benskin MW Title
Laura Handy v Anya Baker k1 title eliminator
Terry Doyle v Ryan Legge
Chris Astley v Toby Harman
Shane Riley v Jamie Richardson
Mark Finney v Karl Evans

Undercard:
Sammy Donnelly v Helen J. Harper k1
Aman Sakhizadeh vs Michael Jones
Matthew Kaufman v Steve Smith k1
Matt Sansom v Matt Harthill k1
Paulina Malina v Katie Elkova k1
Daryl Grant v Euan Wallace
Jay Grazier v Matt Michal Figlak
Lea Fendt v Zowie Trevena k1
Jack Shore v Jack Machete Price

VENUE   GL1 Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT

FEBRUARY 22nd 2014

Doors open at 5pm, first fight 5.30pm

Afterparty: Liquid Nightclub, Gloucester (next door)

TICKETS

Ultimate Impact Cagefighting 11 Standard seats

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Photo credit:  Zowie-Marie Trevena, Emma Bramford, Esther Lin and Steve Dyer, Ultimate Impact Events.

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‘I’m going to be punching her in the face really hard’ – ‘Rowdy’ Bec Hyatt


On Tuesday July 9th 2013, I finally managed to get a Skype Interview with one of the most talked about female mixed martial artists to make an impact on the scene  ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings; I personally had been following Bec since 2011, but to everyone else I guess the turning point in ‘Rowdy’s’ career would have been January 5th 2013 when she fought Carla Esparza for The Strawweight Title for female promotion Invicta FC.

Bec is now due to take on Japan’s Mizuki Inoue in her 3rd fight for Invicta FC Promotion on Saturday July 13th.

 

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(c) Esther Lin for Invicta

 

Thank you for your time in this interview only days away from your fight.  How’s your training been going for this fight camp?

It was flawless, I started 8 weeks out like I always do, everything went to plan, I travelled a lot for this training camp as I went to some different academy’s.  I trained with Danny Galvan on The Gold Coast, Ricky Budgen at Empire Martial Arts, Gamebred Crew at Gamebred Combat Club and my usual gym Impact MMA. We have a good little fight team going on, also a few midgets my size so was a very good camp.

Is there anything different you’ve implemented into your training game this time?

Yes we’ve brought in swimming, it works hard on the body and good for the cardio, also a real challenge for me as I’m hopeless at swimming. (laughs)

So you’ve learnt how to swim now then?

I could float (laughs).  I could survive if I fell out of a boat, but I wasn’t very good at competitive swimming, but I’ve definitely improved in that area.

What would you say is the best thing about fight camp?

Sparring, I enjoy sparring, I enjoy punching people in the face (laughs) MMA rounds are the best.

What would you say is the worst thing about fight camp?

No Nutella, No Cup Cakes.

Can you tell me about a typical day for you, from the time you wake up to the time you go back to bed?

I wake up at 6am, depending if the kids want to sleep in or not, I will get them organised, get them breakfast, showered, dressed, depending if they have school or not, if they have school then I will be dropping them off at school, if not then I will be taking them along to my morning session which will be either strength training or conditioning such as hill sprints, stair sprints so I usually drive them along with me, then we usually head home.

I will get them organised with lunch things like that, then I will eat myself, whatever I can eat, normally chicken and broccoli (Laughs) I then try to chill out with the kids till my next session that night and depending if I can get a babysitter or not I might take them to the night session, which is BJJ, wrestling or striking which is pretty hectic if I bring them, as I have to get them organised before I go, get them in their pyjamas, make sure they’ve had their dinner etc.

Once I get home that gives me some time to myself to eat, shower, sit down but it’s not the end I then get all my media and all my sponsor requirements out the way , so night times are kind of chilled as the kids are sleeping but it is  also still work as I do all my media requirements etc.

Bec and her kids at the gym

 

 

Mizuki Inoue has a kickboxing record of 4-1 and MMA record of 5-1, what can the fans expect to see from you this time?

They can expect to see what they normally see.  I’m going to be punching her in the face really, really hard (laughs) and then we will go from there.

I never have a game plan, I just go in there and fight, just do what I do, just train to cover all bases. I will just be going out there, listening to my corner, doing what their telling me to do.

My head coach (Malcolm “The Big Croc” Vanderrar) just playing it by ear, we never go out with a strict game plan, normally if I do have a game plan it is to punch them really hard, make them not want to be there anymore.

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Being such a young fighter, do you think Mizuki will come into the fight with no fear approach? Also on that flip slide, some fighters fear being knocked out; you got that out the way in your first fight, so do you feel you have the upper hand, so to speak since you have experienced what that feels like and have a no fear attitude?

Yeah definitely, being a 18 yr old you are fearless, but she is fighting in a whole different country, she’s really young, she’s coming to a different country, she’s fighting a tattooed, blue haired freak, (laughs lots).  I definitely think I have the upper part with experience wise in America and the fact I have been knocked out.  I go into the fights knowing what it feels like to be knocked out and I’m completely okay with that; as long as I go out there doing what I want to do and putting it all on the line, I don’t care of the outcome.

I don’t care if I get knocked out  or choked out unconscious, I’m going out there, I’m going to punch her in the face and I’m going to have fun doing it.

You’ve also fought in America (which will now be your 3rd time), do you feel, this plays to your advantage? I read in an interview that Mizuki had done, that in her fights the crowd don’t make any sound at all; firstly I could never imagine that; secondly, well we know Americans are a very ‘Rowdy’ bunch (see what I did there – lol) do you feel that this also plays to your advantage being as much an entertainer and a fighter?

Yeah definitely it’s going to be a huge culture shock, like in Japan there very different culturally when they are watching the sport, there very quiet and respectful. It might be a bit of a shock to her but also she may enjoy it.  I love the crowd, I love hearing the cheers and stuff, she may enjoy it, it may help her to fight better or to push harder so I don’t think it’s a advantage or disadvantage, it just depends on how she takes to it and how she reacts to it.

Speaking of your 3rd time, if I recall correctly, it was a 3 fight deal with Invicta you signed too, if so, now that this is your 3rd fight, what is next for you? Have you re-signed with Invicta? If so can you tell me what deal you have signed too?

Yes I originally signed a 3 fight deal, which this is my 3rd fight, and today I have just signed a new 6 fight deal again with Invicta, so you will be seeing a lot more of my face around, you will not be getting rid of me anytime soon.(smiles).

Who would you like to face next at Invicta? Would Joanne Calderwood still be an option for you?

Yeah definitely, I’m keen to fight Jo Jo, I think she is not so keen. I think, she thinks, she is better than me and above me so I’m looking to prove her wrong.

Since gaining your 2 yr visa for the USA will we see a move to the states for you at all?

I’m pretty happy in Australia, that’s where my family is and my huge support base, but anything could happen.  Invicta might want me to move over you never know, so you will have to wait and see, it’s not definitely out of the picture. I’m looking to come over to the states for training at different gyms and stuff but Australia is my home, it’s where my family is, so I reckon I will stay in Australia, but I will be coming back to America for a few weeks or even a month, we will just have to wait and see.

Going back to Carla Esparza fight, at the time what were your own personal reasons for stepping up in that fight?

I’ve never turned down a fight so of course I’m going to take it (laughs). It was a huge opportunity, win, lose or draw, I knew it was going to do good things for my career, which, is my number one priority to put food on the table for my two little boys, so it was definitely a huge step in my career; it was the right choice.

Going back to Jasminka Cive fight, was it hard going into that fight with a lot of genuine hate for her and controlling your emotions?

No not really, I’ve learnt to be humbled a lot in this sport.  I know to go out there and fight with no emotion, the only thing that was going through my head was to go out there, go do my job and prove to Jasminka I am better than her, and my 24 hr Facebook training is still going to kick your ass (laughs). It was definitely a fun fight, a good camp, a good lead up to all the media, all the interest on that fight was amazing. I had good fun with it; it was definitely an awesome fight and we squashed the beef in the end after I proved my point well and truly.

I’ve noticed you’re sporting a new hair colour – bubblegum blue, is this anything to do with The Smurfs at all?

Just random, I walked into the hairdressing warehouse picked out a colour I like and walk out with it.

As MMA is now starting to gain a lot of recognition on the big stage over in Australia, are there any female’s that we should be keeping an eye out for?

Yeah there not very active at the moment, there still trying to get fights at their weight, but I’d definitely be looking out for Shauna “Little Thunder” Carew who I train with at Impact MMA, she fights in the Atomweight division, and I know Claire Fryer who was quite active a few years back has come back into it, so she maybe one to keep an eye out for coming back in to the sport again.

You have so many tattoo’s, what age did you get your first one and what was it?

I was 16 years old and it was a Tramp Stamp on my back, which I now have covered over  (really laughs) it was like tribal with a dragon head, so I had that covered over with Roses and a Grenade which really suits my personality because if you pull that pin and I will explode!

3 FUN QUESTIONS

If you could change 1 rule in MMA what would it be?

Lay and Pray

Ice lolly or Ice Cream?

Ice Cream

If catering came in and you hosted a dinner party, which 3 guests, dead or alive would you invite and why?

My Little Pony, Mini Mouse and Conan the Barbarian, as things would get messy.

Finally, who would you like to Thank?

Americana mma, Alchemist management, Impact MMA, Gamebred Combat Club, Empire Martial Arts, Mal Van, all my training partners, my friends and family for looking after my babies while I’m away.

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You can keep up-to-date and follow Bec on her Twitter @RowdyBec

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