Every Day MaMAs: Bec Hyatt

Athletes come in all shapes and sizes. Many may not be superstars, but they train just as hard, juggling school, work, and even motherhood. Learn about this week’s Everday MaMA …

Girl-Jitsu: Name?

My name is Bec Hyatt & my fight nickname is “Rowdy.” Just have a look at me to realise why that is LOL!!

GJ: Where are you from?

I was born in Tasmania, Australia, which is the small island below the mainland of Australia. I guess you could call it the colder Australian version of Hawaii without the warm weather, cool beaches & everything else LOL!! I moved to Brisbane, Queensland, in early 2011 to further my training & to be in the fight mecca of country.

GJ: How old are you?

I’m 23 years old, born of February 11th, 1989.

GJ: How many children do you have?

I have two children. My eldest son is Zake & my youngest son is Enson who is named after MMA legend Enson Inoue!!

GJ: How old are they?

Zake is four years old & Enson is two. They’re both a handful!!

GJ: Which team do you fight/compete under?

I train & fight out of Impact Mixed Martial Arts in Capalaba, Brisbane, Australia. One of the best gyms in the country!

GJ: What form(s) of martial arts do you practice?

I like to consider myself as a well rounded fighter for my experience level & I have no background stronger than the others in any one style. From my very first day of proper training I have been continually developing my skills set & learning new knowledge in Submission Grappling, Freestyle Wrestling, Kickboxing, Muay Thai & Boxing.

GJ: What belt level are you?

I don’t have a belt in any art… I don’t need my pants held up!!

GJ: What do you do for a living?

I’m a full time fighter & mother, lucky to be able to live a life that I want to & not one that I have to due to my fantastic sponsors & supporters!!

GJ: How long have you been fighting/competing?

I started training in early 2010 as a way to lose weight & have never looked back. I had my first professional MMA fight in October of 2011.

GJ: What does a regular training day for you consist of?

It varies depending on whether or not I’m in camp. Right now I’m preparing for my North American debut at Invicta Fighting Championships 4 & I’m training 2 to 3 times a day. Typically I will sprint or do strength & conditioning in the morning, followed by wrestling technique & live rounds. At night I will do pad work, rounds, sparring, conditioning or grappling rounds depending on what my training team has planned for me. I’d say I average 5-6 hours of training a day, six days a week.

GJ: Is there anyone you would like to fight (amateur or professional) if given the chance?

Whoever I can produce the most exciting fight with stylistically. MMA is sports entertainment to me & I love to excite the crowd!!

GJ: What do you like to do when you’re not training?

Besides spending time with my children & puppy, I enjoy playing video games. I’m not very good but it is good way to wind down.

GJ: What do you consider your most major accomplishment to date?

My debut fight 9 months after giving birth to my son Enson & being the first ever Australian to be signed by the Invicta Fighting Championships!!

GJ: How do you manage to balance training with being a mom/working?

It’s tough because my husband is also a fighter & has to train as well. It’s not ideal for us as sometimes we have to miss out on sessions but I’m blessed to have a fantastic support team around me that help carry the load when needed. I love my children & thankfully they’ve always been exposed to my training schedule so are adapted to it.

GJ: Does your child/children train as well?

Not yet, as they’re both too young, although I think my youngest son will be a fighter when he gets older. He is very different to my older one when it comes to willingness to put on the gloves & have a grapple on the ground. As soon as he is old enough & most importantly if he wants to, I will enroll him in some classes I think!!

GJ: Have you competed? If so, how have you done in the past?

I’m 4 -1 as a professional in MMA with my only loss coming in my debut to an opponent two weight classes above me.

GJ: What are your future plans for training?

To continue learning everything I can from whoever I can. I’m still very new in this sport & can only put together about 10% of the entire puzzle so far!!

GJ: How does it feel being the first Aussie to sign with Invicta FC?

It’s still sinking in!! I was overwhelmed when the contract offer came through & broke down into tears. I’m honored to be selected as the first Australian in the world’s premier female MMA organization & I can’t wait to show the world how tough us Aussies are!! Hopefully my signing paves the way for more WMMA fighters from Australia.

GJ: What are your plans for the future?

To continue on providing my supporters with the ridiculously stylish violence that they come to expect from me!! I hope everyone tunes into my Invicta debut as I have no doubt you will be entertained regardless of the result. A big thank you to my gym Impact MMA in Brisbane, Australia & my sponsors to date Unrivaled, Flex Nutrition, Manion Plumbing, Nationally Registered Fighters Australia, Promo Shack, Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia & ACR Security!! Thanks for having me Gail :)

 

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