Emily Fox fights her way to third place at world sparring championships

Community Jan 13, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

After the boy knocked her down with an illegal kick to her leg, Emily Fox decided to show her opponent some girl power.

She didn’t back down, she just kept methodically scoring points against the boy who had six inches and 50 pounds on her.

“My leg was throbbing after, but when I was fighting I didn’t feel anything,” she recalls. “I got so mad at him.”

“I was saying to myself, I can beat him. I can be the first girl to beat him.”

And she did.

The victory earned her a bronze medal in sparring, fighting in the 11-and-under heavyweight (88 pounds and up) division in her first appearance at the Super Grands World Game.

It’s important, says Emily, a Grade 6 student at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, to show that girls can do anything boys can do.

It wasn’t the first boy Emily had defeated in the tournament, held in Buffalo after Christmas. On the opening day of the tournament, she won all four of her matches against opponents of the opposite sex.

“Emily represents all Canadian girls who don’t give up and are out to conquer the world,” says her mom, Vicky.

Emily started learning karate two years ago at United Family Martial Arts Mountain on Upper Ottawa. When she saw some competitors sparring, she knew it was something she would enjoy.

Sparring, a component of karate training and different from how it is practised in boxing, is about scoring points for well placed punches and kicks.

“We didn’t think her personality fit sparring, because she’s quiet and sensitive,” says mom Vicky.

But it was a very good fit, says Emily.

“I’m very competitive.”

The 11-year-old trains five to six nights a week. She earned an invitation to the worlds as her record in National Blackbelt League tournaments during the year gave her a top-five seeding.

She hopes to make Team Canada this year and eventually compete in the Olympics.

Emily also plays other sports, including basketball on her school’s team.

Emily Fox fights her way to third place at world sparring championships

Community Jan 13, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

After the boy knocked her down with an illegal kick to her leg, Emily Fox decided to show her opponent some girl power.

She didn’t back down, she just kept methodically scoring points against the boy who had six inches and 50 pounds on her.

“My leg was throbbing after, but when I was fighting I didn’t feel anything,” she recalls. “I got so mad at him.”

“I was saying to myself, I can beat him. I can be the first girl to beat him.”

And she did.

The victory earned her a bronze medal in sparring, fighting in the 11-and-under heavyweight (88 pounds and up) division in her first appearance at the Super Grands World Game.

It’s important, says Emily, a Grade 6 student at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, to show that girls can do anything boys can do.

It wasn’t the first boy Emily had defeated in the tournament, held in Buffalo after Christmas. On the opening day of the tournament, she won all four of her matches against opponents of the opposite sex.

“Emily represents all Canadian girls who don’t give up and are out to conquer the world,” says her mom, Vicky.

Emily started learning karate two years ago at United Family Martial Arts Mountain on Upper Ottawa. When she saw some competitors sparring, she knew it was something she would enjoy.

Sparring, a component of karate training and different from how it is practised in boxing, is about scoring points for well placed punches and kicks.

“We didn’t think her personality fit sparring, because she’s quiet and sensitive,” says mom Vicky.

But it was a very good fit, says Emily.

“I’m very competitive.”

The 11-year-old trains five to six nights a week. She earned an invitation to the worlds as her record in National Blackbelt League tournaments during the year gave her a top-five seeding.

She hopes to make Team Canada this year and eventually compete in the Olympics.

Emily also plays other sports, including basketball on her school’s team.

Emily Fox fights her way to third place at world sparring championships

Community Jan 13, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

After the boy knocked her down with an illegal kick to her leg, Emily Fox decided to show her opponent some girl power.

She didn’t back down, she just kept methodically scoring points against the boy who had six inches and 50 pounds on her.

“My leg was throbbing after, but when I was fighting I didn’t feel anything,” she recalls. “I got so mad at him.”

“I was saying to myself, I can beat him. I can be the first girl to beat him.”

And she did.

The victory earned her a bronze medal in sparring, fighting in the 11-and-under heavyweight (88 pounds and up) division in her first appearance at the Super Grands World Game.

It’s important, says Emily, a Grade 6 student at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, to show that girls can do anything boys can do.

It wasn’t the first boy Emily had defeated in the tournament, held in Buffalo after Christmas. On the opening day of the tournament, she won all four of her matches against opponents of the opposite sex.

“Emily represents all Canadian girls who don’t give up and are out to conquer the world,” says her mom, Vicky.

Emily started learning karate two years ago at United Family Martial Arts Mountain on Upper Ottawa. When she saw some competitors sparring, she knew it was something she would enjoy.

Sparring, a component of karate training and different from how it is practised in boxing, is about scoring points for well placed punches and kicks.

“We didn’t think her personality fit sparring, because she’s quiet and sensitive,” says mom Vicky.

But it was a very good fit, says Emily.

“I’m very competitive.”

The 11-year-old trains five to six nights a week. She earned an invitation to the worlds as her record in National Blackbelt League tournaments during the year gave her a top-five seeding.

She hopes to make Team Canada this year and eventually compete in the Olympics.

Emily also plays other sports, including basketball on her school’s team.