International Career -
After being part of BCKA's England Squad for nearly ten years it is fair to say that Jo Redman is a well known and respected member of the BCKA. Jo is widely known for her skill and ability in light contact fighting after dedicating herself to training in this discipline for the last three years. However initially Jo started out as a semi contact fighter only entering competitions in light contact after showing an aptitude for this style of fighting after taking part in a fight night.
Actually the Jo that is seen at training today is worlds apart from the shy and withdrawn 13 year old who began training at Rushden with her dad, BCKA instructor Andy Luck. Jo's fighting career took a while to get started with Jo being reluctant to speak to anyone let alone fight. It wasn't until she was 16/17 that she actually started to spar and from there was selected to represent the BCKA England Squad at the Irish Open in 2004. This was the moment that Jo the fighter was born and these days Jo shows no reluctance or hesitation when it comes to fighting!
Jo achieved her black belt in kickboxing in 2007 and her second degree black belt in 2011. As one of the more experienced fighters in the BCKA team Jo is always there to help, advise and support the younger and newer members of the team. After getting a bronze medal in the 2009 WKC World Championships and a silver medal in 2010, Jo managed to complete the full set by going all the way in 2011 finally achieving her ultimate aim of becoming a World Champion!
Not only does Jo concentrate on her own fighting and training but also makes time to teach others. In recent years Jo has put more attention into instructing and runs both kickboxing and kickboxercise classes. In short Jo is an extremely driven individual who refuses to accept limitations and in her own words "Attitude is everything, success isn’t something that you are guaranteed no matter how talented you are. People become successful by having the right attitude and taking the right action, by doing the things they need to do even if it is not really the most enjoyable thing. When I started kickboxing I was a quiet 13 year old with Asperger Syndrome who didn't know what to say to anyone, when I was 17 I could barely give a speech in my sixth form class to 10 people, I always struggled so much with communication and it affected my confidence – now it is a different story, I have fought in front of hundreds of people and I teach kickboxing every week".
Jo Redman Picture Gallery -