To everyone who has ever seen me compete, to my friends, to my family, to my supporters. My name is Yun Zia Lim. I’m a full-time professional fighter and trainer at Dynamite Muay Thai in Melbourne, Australia. I am trained by my head instructor, Kru Dennis O’Dea.
I first took up Muay Thai or Thaiboxing for fitness and for self-defense. It did not take long for me to fall in love with the art of Muay Thai. It has never been in the interest of hitting people or violence, it taught me discipline, mental toughness and my own limits...of how far I can push myself mentally and physically. The results are always surprising. And so I trained hard and compete to be the best in Australia and eventually, globally.
Now, an opportunity has shown itself right on my doorstep, it is within my grasp but I need everyone’s help to make it happen.
In 2018, I took on a K1 fight (not my usual style of fighting) on short notice to help out the organiser and I ended up winning the WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations) K1 Oceania title belt at the event! Such an accomplishment qualifies me to be on the WAKO Australia Senior Team to compete in the WAKO Senior World Championships in October 2019 that will be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Kru Dennis, my trainer is also invited to go on the trip in an official capacity not only as my coach but also as one of the official Australian coaches. ￼ I have since adopted the culture and consistency of training Martial arts for myself and my students as a lifestyle whilst turning my ambition to compete and achieving excellence as my byproduct. Ever since I first stepped into the ring in 2014, I knew that this sport is my passion. In that same year, I began competing across all divisions - from novice to amateur to the professional stage thanks to the support and encouragement from Kru Dennis and my team from Dynamite - and it soon turned into my full-time occupation. I love to compete and everything that it stands for. What’s often overlooked is the amount of dedication that it takes to jump in the ring, and how much it tests your willpower. When I jump in the ring, it’s not about brutally striking my opponent but rather to showcase and execute our game plan.
Now that I have the opportunity to represent Australia and to take what I have worked so hard for on to the global stage to showcase the standard of Australian kickboxing, I don’t want to miss out just because I can’t afford it.
Any donation, no matter how small, will be used solely to fund the travel costs of both my instructor and I to Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia . If we were to go, there will be two weeks where I won’t be receiving any income, all my savings will be for those two weeks, to support myself in Europe.
The funds need to be raised by 10th of September 2019 and will be used for the following:
*Flights from Melbourne > Zagreb return
*5 nights in Slovenia Olympic Training facility Planica
*2 nights in Croatia
*8 nights in Sarajevo
*All meals in Slovenia camp
*Breakfast and dinner in Sarajevo
*All ground transport between cities and venues.
This will be my greatest feat ever as a female professional fighter and I don’t want to miss it. I’ve been training hard for so long to be able to take up this opportunity. Please help me represent Australia on the global fighting stage.
Thank you all so much for what I’ve been training so hard for a reality!
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