Side Hustle With Diamia Foster
Mike Tyson once said, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." And if there is one person at McCann who knows something about planning and punching, it would be Associate Strategist/amature Muay Thai fighter, Diamia Foster.
Diamia first started training for Muay Thai in September of 2015. She credits her initial interest in the martial arts to the classic film, The Karate Kid (not to be confused with the film The Next Karate Kid starring Hilary Swank, which was garbage). When Diamia first started training, she had no equipment, so her coach gave her hand-me-down hand wraps and an old pair of forgotten gloves.
Diamia promised herself that she would train hard every day and, after a few months, she was sparring with and beating men more than twice her size and women who had been training for years. After six months of training, she was scheduled to have her first fight earlier this year. That’s when she did a bit of soul searching. Because, as fans of the film Bloodsport know, these competitions are brutal. Between the broken bones and concussions, people take a serious beating.
Diamia decided that having a fully functioning brain was important, so she went a different direction by getting involved in helping host matches for The World Kickboxing Association. Now, instead of getting kicked in the face, Diamia helps facilitate matches, keep score and tend to the corners during the fights. Diamia says the best part about helping with the matches is that she receives a ringside view so she can pick up pointers on combo strikes and slips.
Diamia continues to train and hopes to have her first official fight soon. If you want to volunteer to be a human punching bag, stop by her desk and she’ll gladly show you her skills.