Winning world championships and becoming the best that she can be, that’s what Ashley Nichols is all about.

Nichols has been winning Muay Thai titles for the past 6 years and, in that time, representing her country all over the world. That was not her intention when she began training though.

“I started training Muay Thai in late 2006 for recreation, physical health and self-defense,” said Nichols. “I began to study the traditions, history and culture and thought it was a beautiful art and wanted to learn more.”

Her upbringing did not really lend itself to a traditional training sense. Born in Toronto, Nichols grew up moving around Canada, living in several different cities. Moving around does not really allow one to get acquainted in a community or gym. That is not the case now though, Nichols currently lives and trains in Cambridge, Ontario at the MAS Academy of Martial Arts.

Muay Thai is not Nichols’ only interest. She is currently a full-time college student; attending Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario, where she is active in the Aboriginal Student Association, for the past two years she plans on graduating next year.

Being well-rounded with her martial arts and education is important to Nichols, as evidenced by her trip to Russia last year for the IFMA World Muay Thai Championships.

“I took my text books and read the chapters being covered so I could be prepared for a test I was given the first day of one of my courses,” said Nichols. (Read More)

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