• Stephanie F

Alanna Sheridan: Queen of Thai Boxing

Updated: Sep 5, 2020

Alanna Sheridan was born in Seattle, Washington to an Irish Father and an African - American mother, but her dad raised Alanna and her brother in Ireland. At the age of 20, she moved to London and traveled to Paris, Croatia, Germany, Cuba and backpacked through South America, Kenya and Tanzania. Talk about being a world wide woman!

Alanna got into martial arts at the age of 24. She stayed in London for 10 years, became a fighter, finished her degree and started her business, Warrior Woman Way, a haven for women, where they can learn Thai Boxing techniques for self- defense. Her initial motivation for becoming a martial artist was to prove two guys wrong who argued about being her partner in class, all because she was a woman. Since then, she was determined to stay focused on her art. She has been a Thai boxer for 6 years.

Alanna speaks about her biggest moments in her life and that’s fighting an opponent who she looked up to in the 02 Arena located in London. She also stated that you can be the best of friends after a fight, but in the ring, there is no mercy. Professional goals for Alanna would be, Lion Fight, Glory (one championship) and training in Dutch Kickboxing, Thai Boxing, Lucian Style, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, and BJJ as well as having a dream fight with a person who she looks up to, Janet Todd.

Alanna also tells us about her personal goals, that is having freedom in her career. She has a passion for writing and would like to start a martial arts publication along with writing books. She speaks about her weakness and how she would like to overcome the feeling of being over aggressive and then apologizing for being aggressive. She feels that as a woman we must apologize for being tough and that should not be the case. This year has been about stepping into her own power and owning it and not caring about anyone’s opinions.

Being in Los Angeles, she would like to explore being a stuntwoman. There are so few African - American stuntwomen, and that needs to change. Alanna also quoted,

“The martial arts community is a small and close-knit community for women, so you have a bond.”

Alanna’s favorite action movies are, Black Panther (especially Dora Milaje) and John Wick movies. She enjoys the Thai Boxing inspired stunt choreography. Let’s lookout for Alanna on the screen, on bookshelves and in movies. She has a bright future ahead of her and her talents will take her there.