Interview to the new mother: Elisa Qualizza
MF: You were still breastfeeding when your Master Lucio Collovigh proposed you to fight in Kunlun Fight 9: Legend of Mulah Tournament in China. The tournament was under fight rules that aren’t your sepcialty, what did you think at that moment? Have you been tempted to say “no thanks”? What helped you to say ‘yes’?
Elisa: Yes I’m a mother of an 11 months old girl. I went in China when she was just 10 months old and i was still breastfeeding her, she stayed with her grandmother, and so she had to adapt without my milk!
I interrupted my career just during the pregnancy! Just 15 days after I gave birth to her, on 29th September 2013, i started to train, because I had a fight in program on 2nd of November for the defense of my World Title, but especially because I missed training and the Ring. With some organization with my Master, who was keeping my daughter in the gym while I was training, I could do my 4 hours daily training.
When my Master proposed me this fight, naturally the first thing I thought was how I could do it with with a small baby, but after i thought that I was going to be away just for few days (i thought 4 days max) and the baby could have stayed with her grand parents.
I accepted because i never had the opportunity to partecipate in a such unique event and also because I fight since I was 13 (now I am 26), first in light contact then in full contact, so I thought it was that it was going to be an opportunity with a capital O.
When it was time to leave, it was very difficult to leave in the middle of the night while she was sleeping, and the next day she would wake up without seeing me… It was also difficult in China where I felt her absence and I was crying during the nights. The day before the fight my Master got angry because at 3AM I was still awake thinking about my baby and crying for her.
But surely this isn’t a reason to stop fighting, because this is my passion and next time she will come with me!