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The journey of an aspiring fighter #49

Published On February 4, 2014 | By Helen Harper | Blog

A lot has happened In the past few weeks, which has unfortunately led me to be very lazy with my blog posts. For this I am sorry, and I doubt this post will make up for it either 😉

I’ve been training very hard for the upcoming grappling, BJJ and K1 fights coming up and I have a training partner at Andy Roberts BJJ with a little boy who we are raising money for. This brave little boy has been accepted into an operation which could change his and his parents life forever, actually enabling him to WALK! You know how much you take things like this for granted. Without the operation, little Ben may never have the chance to experience these things. How many times in your life have you taken little things like walking and talking for granted?!
We really need all the help we can get to raise the money needed for Ben’s operation. It’s a lot of money, but the generosity of his friends and family so far has been insane, and as people continue with their kindheartedness it makes me happy to be here to witness it.

As you know the grappling and BJJ competition is on Sunday. I have decided to give out of my own Thailand fund 30 pounds for each gold medal I win, 20 pounds for each silver medal I win and 10 pounds for each bronze medal I win. On top of that, each submission I win I will give a further 5 pounds to Ben’s fund. If you would like to match me, then please contact me ASAP via helenjharper1987@gmail.com and we can let Ben’s family know.

Other than training and working hard, I’ve been spending as much time as possible with various family members, of which I have a growing number! I just met the newest member of the family, Sam Harper, who is just 6 weeks old and absolutely teeny tiny, and so gorgeously perfect!! He is the son of my cousin Nick and his wife Rachael who rescued me in my time of need a few years ago (let’s just say, there is no way I’d be where I am now if it wasn’t for those two!) thank goodness for amazing family. It was a wonderful break from training to visit my auntie and uncle down in Brighton this weekend, and I would love to wish them a happy 25th wedding anniversary!

Lately I’ve been running around the school drop off time, and it’s so strange looking at the kids, with their different personalities shining through. There are obviously the loud, pretty girls with boys chasing after them, but today whilst running I saw a quiet girl trying to hide in the shadows, clearly not socializing with her peers, almost trying to be invisible. I couldn’t help but want to reach out to her and tell her everything would work out in the end. That was me when I was that age, and look how far I’ve come! It’s crazy to think it but we all change and grow so much as people, the more we experience in life.

As anyone who knows me knows I am a massive fan of a top ten, so I thought I would compile a “Top 10 things you might not know about ‘Hellraiser’ ” which may or may not be an interesting read!

1. My favorite colour is light blue.
2. I love pizza and Dairy Milk.
3. I love fighting even more (OK, you probably knew that one).
4. Up until 3 years ago I’d never even heard of MMA.
5. If I wasn’t a fighter I’d be a teacher.
6. The worst job I ever had was for the sales department of Esporta in England. I got fired after just 4 weeks….
7. Whilst I was growing up, I wanted to be a dancer or a musician.
8. I worked with horses for 8 years and competed in show jumping around the UK.
9. I have one sister, two step brothers and two step sisters all currently living in the UK.
10. I really want to fight MMA again soon, as fun as Muay Thai, K1 and grappling are it’s just not the same!!

As if that wasn’t quite enough excitement, here are a few pictures (courtesy of my little sister) from my recent visit to Bristol:

bristoldinner(L-R) Cousins: Ceci, Naomi, (myself) and Lizzi

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(L-R) Cousins: Lizzi, (myself), Ceci and Nay

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Myself and my sister, Anna

As always, I am severely missing Phuket although only a month left until I see you beautiful people at Phuket Top Team. Can’t wait to get back to my favourite restaurant Calorie too – it’s been way too long!

Lots of love to everyone xxxx

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English Mixed Martial Artist fighting out of Andy Roberts BJJ and Legacy BJJ with a pro record of 4-1.

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