Juli Keller was taking group fitness classes to stay in shape and get her exercise in. At the urging of one of her coaches, she strolled down the street to check out Next Level Martial Arts.
“After 2 or 3 classes, I was hooked and I never looked back.”
She had no idea that she would eventually be walking out and entering a ring to battle another woman in kick-boxing.
Juli has stayed injury free through her latest camp as she prepares to take on Noemi Perez at 138 lbs on October 21st at USKA Night of Champions. She has total trust in her coach Tony Williams and believes that he will put her in a position to be successful. Juli is looking forward to that adrenaline rush that she felt for her first fight, which resulted in a victory by unanimous decision back in July for USKA.
For her first fight-camp, she said that she had to cut “quite a bit” of weight. She hated doing that so she decided to just keep it off after her fight and is very comfortable in camp now, as her opponent asked for a catch weight of 138 lbs. Keller has been hitting the gym six days per week, getting in as much preparation as she can fit into her schedule.
Keller seemed very excited to get back in the ring to do it all over again. She is very eager to learn and has confidence in her team as there are several teammates who regularly compete and push each other.
Check out my interview with Juli below as we talked about her fighting debut, her training regimen, and her next fight in less than two weeks at USKA Night of Champions.
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