Native MMA athlete and businesswoman set to fight Nov. 1

October 28, 2013

Photos by Chaleen Brewer
We have featured Porcupine, SD, resident Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk) before when we first heard about her business endeavor, HOKA! Coffee, which has since gained momentum and increased its consumer offerings. But Ms. Davids -- a lawyer and an entrepreneur -- happens to also be a Mixed Martial Arts athlete as well.

We caught up with Ms. Davids, who is also featured in Native Sun News this week, and asked her five questions about being a MMA fighter. She is fighting in Kansas City, MO, on Nov. 1. A consummate team player, she said she regrets that she will miss her teammate Bulldawg's fight in the Victory Fighting Championships in Rapid City, SD, the next day.

Porcupine, SD, resident Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk)


Tanka Bar: What do you like most about competing?

Sharice Davids: I like getting ready to compete the most. I really love to train. Competing really only lasts 15 minutes at the most. I think to really compete for very long you have to love to train. Even days when I don't necessarily feel like going to the gym, I just think about how awesome I know I will feel after I get done.

TB: What inspired you to be an MMA fighter?

SD: I really wouldn't say I was inspired to be an MMA fighter - I was inspired to be a martial artist. MMA is just the most realistic way to test whether I am actually learning, getting better or test myself. My first coach just saw that I loved to train and said that I was doing all the same training as the fighters and I should try a fight out. I wasn't sure I wanted to but the more I learned the more technique I saw was involved and it just seemed like it would be really fun.

TB: How do you stay fit with a busy schedule of work, business endeavors and personal life?

SD: Sometimes I don't feel like I do a very good job of that but I just try to do something every day. It really helps to have a strong support system. My partner will hold the mitts for me - she is really supportive. Sometimes she will drive me up the road and drop me off so I can get a run in. I am very fortunate to have a lot of people around who know what I really want and will help me see that when I am feeling weak - this is generally when I want to eat something like cake and they stop me. Most of the time telling a woman she probably should eat that cake would be considered some type of faux pas but for me it is a lifesaver.
Porcupine, SD, resident Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk)
TB: How do you train? Any tips for aspiring fighters?

SD: I train with a wrestling coach and not many sports train hard like wrestling so he does an amazing job of getting me in shape. He has me on a weightlifting schedule. I try to do some cardio every day and some type of technique work.

The only thing I would recommend to people is to just start. A lot of times people will tell me they want to do kickboxing or jiu jitsu or just get in shape but that they want to wait for "xyx." I recommend just go try it. Just get started - you'll get in better shape if you start. That is it.

TB: How do you stay motivated and healthy?

SD: It is hard to articulate how I stay motivated day to day. There are different things that motivate me from one day to the next. Sometimes when I'm running by myself in the morning and it hurts and I don't want to do it I think about just getting better. Sometimes I am motivated by wanting to be the best I can be -- sometimes it's knowing that in X number of days someone is going to be trying to hit me as hard as she can. I am not scared of getting the shit kicked out of me but I don't want it to happen because I took it easy during training just because my legs were a little sore that day. I always feel good when I work hard - and that's pretty motivating.


To buy tickets to Sharice Davids' fight, go to ShamrockFC.

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