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    Heartland Mom Trains for Mixed Martial Arts Fight

    Heartland Mom Trains for Martial Arts Fight
    By: Arnold Wyrick

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Raising kids can often times be difficult, but, for one southern Illinois mom raising her 18-month-old son is just part of her daily routine. It's the other hat she wears that really gets her blood pumping.

    Jill Fickes is a mixed martial arts fighter. That's right, she climbs into a ring and goes toe to toe in a full contact fight for fun!

    "I started training in martial arts when I was eight years old. I've been doing it pretty much my whole life. I think it defines me as a person as much as my name or where I come from," Fickes said.

    At 19 years old, Jill competed in her first martial arts competition and won. She's gone onto win a Golden Gloves Championship and earn a black belt in Kempo Ju Jitsu.

    "And it's the adrenaline rush from that first time of being in the ring, that's just, you can't touch it. And I've been going after that adrenaline rush since then."

    But, those pursuits were put on hold temporarily when her and her husband's first child came rushing into their lives. He's a bundle of energy that keeps mom on her toes most days.

    "He's the greatest thing that's ever happened to me in my whole life. He was planned and I'm ready to have more," Jill said.

    Those plans are currently on hold though as she trains for a fight against another female mixed martial arts fighter from Detroit. The bout is the headliner fight scheduled to take place Saturday night in Carbondale at Sports Blast.

    "It's been a challenge to train and still be a mom and raise an 18-month old son."

    She's already got little Jake punching and kicking the bags at Dojo USA.

    "Martial arts is a great part of my life. And something that I've really enjoyed. It's done nothing but give me positive things in my life. And I really hope that he does choose to follow the same path," Jill said as she strapped on her punching gloves.
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    That's pretty cool!
    Looks like she's having a ton of fun learning usable skills!
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    I'm thinking of a 4 letter acronym right now for her...
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    What bitparity said. Mmm-hmmm....

    Oh, and "Kempo Jiu-Jitsu?" Musta been an error by the journalist...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitparity
    I'm thinking of a 4 letter acronym right now for her...
    Four? I count seven.
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    good for her.

    now if kat and ash have a kid, they can get on the news too.
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    Very nice clip.

    Still, soccer moms training MMA? Awesome.
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    What bitparity said. Mmm-hmmm....

    Oh, and "Kempo Jiu-Jitsu?" Musta been an error by the journalist...
    It's about time someone put the two vaguest names in martial arts together.
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    whats kenpo ju jitsu?

    is that like middle aged woman cardio jiu jitsu?
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    Kempo Jiu-Jitsu was the original term that Mitose used for his martial art (later it became Kosho-ryu Kempo).

    Must be another kempo offshoot using the original terminology, but my guess must be that it's pretty good, considering that she's a golden gloves winner (maybe a combined boxing-kempo school?).

    I know that ke?po has a bad rap, but I know that the two Tracy Kenpo schools here in Michigan are pretty good. One of them even has an amateur MMA team.
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