Having a positive role model in life can attribute to a great amount of success. Some people are lucky in their upbringing. With a wealth of resources available to them, they can easily find themselves surrounded by great people encouraging them to go on to do even better things. Others are not so lucky, and whilst that doesn’t necessarily mean that their upbringing is bad, it does mean that aspiring to greatness can often seem just a little too far out of reach.

It makes sense for a fighter to pretty well shut out everything that is non-fight related in the lead-up to a fight, especially when coming up to one that could see them walk out with a national title. Arlene “Angerfist” Blencowe may have the chance to become a titleholder across two sports on Aug. 31, but that doesn’t stop her from following her passion.

“I grew up in a country town where we didn’t get access to elite athletes, and I remember when I was young, my dream was to compete in the Olympics as a sprinter,” Blencowe admitted in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “I would look at athletes who competed at that elite level and think that they were just completely different to everyday people. The reality is, though, that they just believed in themselves and worked hard to get to where they were. That’s what I want to teach not only my kids, but other kids around the country that don’t necessarily get to meet people who compete at that high level in sports.

Blencowe (Angerfist.com.au)

“It’s just that motherly instinct in me. I didn’t really have access to the best role models when I was growing up, and I know that for my kids especially, I want them to see what can happen when you truly believe in yourself and that dreams can come true.”

That motherly instinct has led her to working on a new skill set that she hopes she can develop outside of her competitive life inside the cage.

“I really like helping kids; that’s my passion,” she admitted. “I am starting to get into doing some workshops for kids, showing them what drive and having a dream can do for them. I love the motivational side of things, and it gives me something that I can do to give back to the community.”

Blencowe is coming off a loss leading into her Aug. 31 fight at Storm Damage, having fallen via submission to Jessy Rose-Clark at Nitro 9 by rear-naked choke in the second round. Blencowe’s striking background meant that Rose-Clark was able to use her advantage in grappling to secure a win. It’s a lesson learned for Blencowe, and it’s something that she has continued to focus on in training.

“I am feeling pretty good coming out of it,” she said. “I was happy with the improvements from my previous fights, and I can see that I am improving with each fight that I come out of. We had worked on a few things in the lead-up and we were happy with how it went. From the fight, we took away that I need to be more aggressive in the stand-up and be more confident with it too.

Blencowe (R) (Angerfist.com.au)

“She beat me with her strength. If she had of knocked me out or something or beaten me standing, I think that I would have felt a lot worse about the loss. I thought that I did pretty well to get back up when she took me down one of the times. After the fight, I was in the gym, two days later, working on the thing that I need to work on.”

Competing in the Storm Damage one-night tournament has meant that Blencowe has the potential to face a vast cross-section of opponents, some of which are specialists on the ground. Taking what she learned from her experience at Nitro, she is confident that there will be even more of her improvements on display in Canberra.

“This fight means a lot to me,” she explained. “MMA is definitely taking over my boxing, and it’s something that I really want to continue doing. A win on Saturday would mean a turning point in my career and it would mean another title to add to the cabinet. Being a titleholder in MMA would also mean I have reached an elite level in two different sports, and that’s something I would love to share with my kids.”

Whilst role models come in a variety of shapes and sizes, Blencowe wants to ensure that no matter what resources are available to you, that idea of greatness just isn’t as out of reach as you may think. And there is no better way for her to prove that and continue being a role model than by adding another title to her collection.

Arlene would like to thank Allegiance Combat and Fitness, Allegiance Clothing, Photography by Linda, Outlast Nutrition and Enriched Health. She would also like to thank her coach, Jason Harris, and her main training partner, Sam Bastin, as well as everyone who has helped her in the preparation for the tournament. Follow Arlene on Twitter: @arleneangerfist 

Top Photo: Arlene Blencowe (Angerfist.com.au)

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.