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Fighter of the month – Lindsay Sheer
Real Fighters - Louisville, KY


Muay Thai champion Lindsay Scheer describes her entry into the sport as “serendipitous”—already an athlete, she was deep into soccer when she first took a fitness boxing course in order to cross train. Impressed with its cardio benefits and missing the class, Lindsay later took a Krav Maga course in college at a classmate’s recommendation. She didn’t care for it so much—“it was all fish hooking and groin strikes and that kind of thing”—so she stuck around for an open gym one night. Although unfortunately none of the grapplers were willing to work with her, she was approached by Eric Haycraft, who would become her future teacher, mentor, and manager. He invited her to try Muay Thai, and like many fighters I’ve interviewed, Lindsay was caught by the immediate appeal of the art—those athletes who are always striving for perfection and the next hurdle tend to fall in love with Muay Thai on the first try. Always up for a challenge, Lindsay was attracted to how mentally and physically demanding Muay Thai is.

Competition was a natural next step: “I like to perform at the highest level possible in anything that I do.” She began training in mid-2005, but took Muay Thai to the fullest in 2007 when she finished with soccer, entering into competition as soon as she could devote all her energy to the sport. Since then, with the aid of a passionate coach and an incredibly supportive team, Lindsay has gone on to build up a record of 16-6 with many title fights and many international fights. She traveled to Surinam last August and will return this August for a rematch with an opponent she fought on Slamm, and this time it will be for a Dutch title. Lindsay went to Germany to fight on the WKA National Team in 2007 and joined the team again in Spain in 2009, this time taking home the gold, defeating the previous year’s Greek champion. She won the open division of the WKA’s North American tournament in 2007 and won the WKA US Amateur Welterweight Title in February 2010. She has competed at the world level in several other tournaments as well, taking the silver in 2009 in both the TBA and the IKF World tournament. Lindsay was also the USKA US champion and the Shikon Southeast champion in 2007.

In addition to her demanding training and fighting schedule, which involves a good deal of travel, Lindsay went to University to become a physical therapist and now works full time with children with developmental disabilities and at-risk diagnoses. “I love kids,” says Lindsay, who finds her chosen profession just as fulfilling as she finds her fighting career. “I enjoy my life, and I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished.” Concerning her goals for the future, she’s happy where she is but is always interested in stepping things up: “I’ll just take it where it goes. I’ve got a few more years fighting and I’m interested in making the most of it.”

For her fights, Lindsay trains twice a day every day—though this is just a normal training schedule for Real Fighters. As coach Eric Haycraft keeps the work ethic of the gym at such a high level on a routine basis, the only difference when fights are coming up is a bit more sparring and a bit more cardio along with the weight cut. Though she admits that the Sunday parachute sprints are “pretty awful”, Lindsay acknowledges the good they do for her and for her teammates’ performance. As Haycraft pointed out, “My team has awesome cardio. Our fighters may not win every time, but they never get beat up, and they never get tired.”

Lindsay appreciates her team and coach. “Eric is so well-rounded and has been in the game for so long that he’s really good at figuring out what works best for each particular person.” In Lindsay’s case, these are her low kicks—during a tough weight cut on one occasion, Lindsay remarked, “I’ve got big soccer legs, and they’re not going anywhere,” which is quite unfortunate for any opponent on the receiving end of one of Lindsay’s Dutch-style low kicks. She also says of training with her team that they work well together in an extremely dynamic method; each fighter uses each other fighter’s particular skills and strength as a learning experience. For instance, Lindsay says as an example, “We all help each other. The bigger guys maybe can’t hit me as hard as they can hit each other, but then, I’m a lot faster than they are, so they have to learn how to deal with my speed.” She notes that Muay Thai “really is a team sport, even though you’re in the ring on your own.”

Lindsay cites her parents as an inspiration. Married for over thirty years, they always took the best care of her and supported her in everything she did. “They may not be crazy about the fighting, but they support me in it because I love it.” She says they also help her keep things in perspective. She is thankful for the good life her parents worked to give her and keeps this in mind in her work, where she often works with low-income families. When she isn’t training, Lindsay enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities, traveling (although she ruefully notes that most of the traveling she fits into her schedule isn’t for pleasure but for—what else?—the fight game), attending concerts and listening to music, and reading. No one who has met her could fail to be cheered by Lindsay’s positive attitude and easy-going, kind personality—but at the same time, no one who has seen her fight would want to be on the end of her heavy right hand.

 

 

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