Wanna fight? If you didn’t spend your high school summer vacation training in Holland among the greats then you’re in for a world of hurting at the hands and feet of champion kickboxer Josh Jauncey. The 24-year-old professional fighter is based out of Surrey, BC by way of London, England.
Training and fighting is ingrained into his very being, so fittingly he belongs to two dynamic camps: WKX Vancouver and Team Souwer. That means he’s been bred by the greats including his father Vincent Jauncey, a Muay Thai and kickboxing champion in his own right, and Andy Souwer, a K-1 MAX legend at 155lbs.
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Each training session and each professional bout serve to cement him as a threat in the Glory Kickboxing lightweight division. We got some insight from Josh on what it takes to be a professional kickboxer and what true commitment to a craft really looks like:
What got you into kickboxing at a young age?
I got into kickboxing at a young age through my father who was also a professional kickboxer. Since my brother and I were just toddlers he’d teach us the basics of the art. Plus, being at the gym and watching my father and his pupils train just nurtured my love for kickboxing.
How did you commit to training and an amateur career?
I’ve always been a perfectionist. So once I started training properly, I wanted to become the best. In order to become an all-time great I knew I had to train hard, get better and work my way up the local ranks before I could take on the international stage. Committing to ‘training hard’ was easy. It’s all I did and all I wanted to do. I’d train twice a day even when I was going to school if I had a fight coming up. It’s just what I did.
Was there a mental shift when you went from amateur to professional?
There was a bit of a mental shift when I transitioned from amateur to professional. I had always looked up to the professional kickboxers fighting on the world stage and I’d always hoped to get there. Once I did get there, I found it hard to believe I had actually made it there already and I had to remove the other fighters from the pedestal I had put them on in my mind. They were my peers now and I had to drill that into my head.
What’s your typical day like training out of Surrey?
My typical day of training in Surrey consists of strength & conditioning or hitting the pads/bag or technical training in the morning at my father’s gym, WKX. Then grabbing a bite to eat at Training Day Cafe before I head home for some relaxation & recovery before my evening training which consists of either Sparring at WKX or a swim at one of the local swimming pools.
When you’re not training or fighting what do you do for fun?
I am always training. That is my idea of fun. If I’m not physically training, I’m studying fights and fight psychology. I enjoy reading and trying out all the variety of foods Surrey and Vancouver has to offer.
What other sports do you like?
Other than kickboxing, I enjoy boxing. I am fight sport enthusiast. I enjoy sports that have real life potential. Chasing a ball isn’t something that is necessary in life.
If you weren’t a professional kickboxer what would you be doing?
I don’t really know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t a professional kickboxer. I haven’t thought about it. I’m 100% all-in to this sport and this career choice. Whatever else I’d do, I’d become one of the best in that field.
#WKXCHALLENGE! Kick as many times as you can in 30 seconds, take a 2 minute break to be fully recovered and do another 30 seconds with the other leg. This was my first time doing it. I counted 60 on the right leg and 58 on left. Gotta beat it next time! How many can you get? Film it and hashtag it with #WKXCHALLENGE
Why are sports and athletics so important?
Sports and Athletics are important because they teach one how to understand and build coordination between body & mind. Moving your body in any way teaches how to control your muscles in any situation. Children who move and mimic movements will continue to be able to throughout their lives.
The future looks bright ?? #2017 pic.twitter.com/uiwk2OUm8g
— Josh Jauncey (@jauncey93) January 2, 2017
Advice for aspiring professional kickboxers?
My advice for aspiring kickboxers is to train hard, train at WKX and have faith in the sport. As professional kickboxing is illegal here in BC and most of Canada, it’s difficult for young people to see a reason to get into it as they don’t see it around. However, if you train hard and keep going, you can make it on the world stage, no matter where you are from. The more of us there are here in BC, the more the government will have to listen to us to change the laws against kickboxing!
Interview by Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch