1. How did you get started fighting?
Sensei who was the owner and trainer of the local gym recommended that I
give it a try.
2. What does your family think about you fighting?
first they were against the idea, but now they support me
3. Do they come to watch you fight?
come whenever they can.
4. Did you begin with Master Natori at the Fudohkan?
5. Would you say that Master Natori is
a very strict and demanding coach?
I think so.
6. The three most famous women fighters from the Fudohkan
are yourself, Aya
Mitsui, and Natsumi Nakazawa.
The combined won/.loss record for these three Fudohkan
women is 56 wins against only 7 losses. That is a very high win
percentage! Do you think that has
something to do with Master Natori's training
I think so.
7. A lot of American women fighters do not like to fight against other
fighters from their same gym, because they are often close friends. But,
you have fought your friend, Natsumi Nakazawa.
And then Natsumi and Aya
Mitsui also fought each other at the Arcion fighting
carnival. How do you feel about having to fight
a close friend from the Fudohkan?
It is hard on you emotionally? Or does it make you tougher?
I fight, I fight the same no matter who the opponent is.
8. Are there any new women kickboxers at the
Fudohkan that fans should watch for?
9. Besides yourself, who would you say is the greatest woman kickboxer
10. You have so many interesting fights with big name fighters. I want
to ask you about some of these fights:
A. YOKO TAKAHASHII: You had a very interesting fight with Pro
wrestler, Yoko Takahashii. She outweighed
you 147 pounds to 115 pounds. So you wore very small 6 oz gloves as a
handicap. You won that match and Takahashii
went down once in the fight. Can you tell us something about that
very unusual fight?
knew I needed to train for stamina because she outweighed me by 32
pounds. So I had enough
energy to outlast her.
B. LISA HOWARTH: You have an interesting history with the Great English
Champion Lisa Howarth. Your first fight was
, and it was ruled a
no contest after she knocked you down with a knee thrust, and they ruled
the fight a No Contest. Did you have trouble with her height advantage
and her knees? Then,
when you rematched with her in
Tokyo, you knocked her
unconscious in the first round. And, after the fight you appeared to be
It seemed like that was a very emotional and
satisfying win for you...can you tell us
something about those two fights with the great British Champion?
the fight in England, after the referee said “break,” Lisa tapped my
shoulder, so I thought she was going to back-off, but instead she knee
kicked me when I wasn’t ready and that was the reason the referee
ruled it a “No Contest.” But
Lisa had a really powerful punch and kick and after only one
straight-right, my eye-lid got swollen. Because
of Lisa’s strong showing during our first match, I thought I was going
to be knocked out during our fight in
HALMICH: You also
seemed to have an easy time with The world
famous German Champion Regina Halmich. you
knocked her out easily in the first round with a body punch. And as you
walked back to your corner, you were shaking your head. Were you
disappointed that she was so easy for you?
going to be a much tougher opponent and I was really surprised by the
first round knockout. Her record was 20-2 coming in to the fight.
D. You also knocked out Kyoko "Tomboy
Kamikaze" Miyazake twice. Then, Miyazake
retired. What do you think of Kamikaze as a fighter?
is a wonderful fighter.
E: when you knocked out Amanda Buchanan she retired. What technique
did you use to finish her off? What
did you think of Buchanan as a fighter.
fought exactly the way that Natori-Sensei
described and she is a strong fighter.
I want to name a few more famous champions you have defeated, and ask
you to give me the first word that comes to your mind when you think of
1. Kim Messer
3. Natsumi Nakazawa
5. Terumi Fujiyama
the very best of all fighters, a lot of heart
6. Lisa Howarth
very best and strongest.
7. Sachiyo Shibata
11. Who was the toughest Muay Thai
fighter or kickboxer you have ever fought? and
what made them so tough?
Howarth because of her straight right.
12. You appeared in an American made Movie called "Jack Ass"
In the movie you have a fight scene with a man, and in that scene, you
knocked him out. The punches and the kicks you threw appear to be real.
Can you tell us a little bit about some of your feelings and experiences
making that movie?
people watch the movie, the actors appear really stupid. But behind the
scene, I got to see firsthand the actor’s effort and learned how
important it is to be professional.
13. What do you think can be done to increase public awareness and
support for women's kickboxing and Muay
really don't know.
14 Would you like to appear in another movie?
15. Who are you going to fight next? Or who would you like to fight
I’m hoping for an international fight.
16. Kimberly Tomes from America
and Laura Skinner from
have all said they
would like to fight you. Would you be interested in any of those fights?
depends on the details of the offer.
17. Your former stable mate and friend at
the Fudohkan Aya
Mitsui was tragically injured in a fall from a building. And she can no
longer fight. Can you tell the fans how Ms Mitsui she is doing, and
where fans might send letters of support to her?
no information about this question.
in closing what you like to say to the fans
of women's kickboxing around the world?
hope that everyone will support and advance women’s kickboxing!
Thank You very much for taking so much time
are very welcome.
for a video clip of her KO of Regina Halmich,
then, when you
get to the site, you will
see the words: KNAOKO_RHALMICH
in three different places.
on the ones in blue font)
Epilogue: Naoko has
retired from fighting since this interview