Edinburgh kickboxer Natasha Walker continues to excel, no matter what the challenge. A formidable opponent on the world kickboxing circuit at both semi and light contact, Walker is now fighting at full contact where she is showing few signs of naivety.
Her most recent accolade of winning the British title at 60kg maintained her 100 per cent record at full contact level and, in the process, added the one national title that had been posted missing from an impressive list of honours.
Walker said: “I’ve only recently picked up on the full contact side of things and have had three fights so far. I won the Scottish title last June and then, in April this year, knocked a girl out in the second round in a Scotland v Ireland show and I have also just recently won the British title at full contact so I’m still undefeated so far.
“A lot of people have to get six or seven fights under their belt before they get a shot at a title, but I have been thrown in at the deep end which is great and I’ve managed to handle it. I think because of my background I have been quite fortunate, winning world titles and successfully defending those, but initially it was quite hard getting a fight arranged because there weren’t that many people willing to fight.”
Walker’s domination on the light and semi contact was nothing short of remarkable. World and national titles were simply something of the norm for the 21-year-old who is now proving her worth on the full contact circuit. However, she was modest enough to admit the transformation has proved to be more of a challenge than she envisaged.
“It’s a bit harder than I thought it was going to be,” she said. “I have switched weight categories though and have gone down a weight to fight full contact at 60kg, a weight I don’t think I have fought at since the age of 14. There are subtle differences but I am really enjoying it.”
Walker has also scored a sponsorship deal with Top Ten UK, a distribution company specialising in martial arts training gear where she is proud to be the only Scottish representative on their team. The Capital star is hugely grateful for the support which now enables her to travel across the world with relative ease to both train and compete on the international scene. With a heavy schedule already in place for 2013, Walker can’t wait for next year’s challenges.
She added: “I’m going to Hungary over Christmas and then Norway in January to train with all their fighters which is something I would never even have thought of if I didn’t have the sponsorship. It’s off-season training but, when you’re at the top level, you get to know a lot of the fighters. They have invited me over, which is great.
“I’m then going over to Ireland in March next year before heading for Austria after that. I think there is also going to be a trip to America so there are quite a lot of trips abroad planned. It’s a huge benefit to have this sponsorship. It means I can do a lot more competitions.”