A brand in herself, Lemy needs no introduction, she a Karate Champion and social media influencer.
Lemy won junior world karate championship at age 11 ( trained by her father from age 7) the youngest ever junior world champion after dominating 3 caricatures of her age group with 2 silvers & 1 gold setting a world record. She has been one of 3 women representing England against all the other squads that brought over 250 -500 women each from all over the world to represent karate at The JKA squad (changed to SKC (shotokan karate club). At, 16 she was invited to become a trainer.
Due to unavoidable family circumstances she chose to focus more on her education and her business as Social Media influencer. Paved the way for millions of young women to quite literally “follow” in her footsteps. Over the last decade Lemy has been a fundamental figure helping build out some of the largest E-Commerce brands. Her signature look has become a household name with close to 50,000,000 impressions monthly.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar did a candid interview with exceptionally talented Lemy, youngest JR Karate World Champion and Instagram Star talk about her workout, diet, hair & skincare, and her success story.
You were born in Sierra Leone, survived the Freetown Massacre, and reached the UK on a refugee status along with your family of 10 siblings. You did overcome all the hardships and adversity and went on to become one of the most widely recognized social media stars in the digital world. At 14 you started your career as an influencer. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of social media with 50,000,000 impressions per month. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
My professional journey started at age 7-8. I would train up to 3 hours 5-7 days a week due to continuous repetition of the same techniques repeatedly until I had mastered the correct form, speed & secret tips to making my movement dangerous & unbeatable. I would never leave the dojo until I had achieved a warrior level of passion, drive & form. I was not trained to Lose but only win. Second or third place was never an option, the gold was my only aim. The devastation I’ve face when coming Second or third place in any competition is beyond describable as to me that was a huge loss when coming so close to being the best and letting it slip right out of my grip.
I would be asked while training ‘What are you’ and I would scream ‘Warrior’ I will be asked again ‘What are you’ and I would scream ‘Samurai’ and repeat my movements hundreds of times over till my body was like jelly & only at that point would my father allow me to stop, rest and continue the day after. I never gave up once in all my years of training, it was not and is not in my DNA to quit at any point no matter what is happening around me.
I’ve been knocked out In 2 fights at the finals of champions and remained standing while blacked out as I refuse to ever fall at the hands of my competitors; even with dizziness and by nose bleeds in the moment. In those moments I’m numb to any physical pain but the thought of losing as the most painful feeling in my chest & due to that thought my legs remained solid while half unconscious for several seconds before winning the fight moments later.
You won the Junior World Karate Championship at the age of 11 years, making you the youngest ever junior world champion. Tell us about this spectacular achievement of yours?
It was an amazing achievement to become junior world champion at age 11. I trained extremely hard for my championship and made the country I was represent proud. I won 2 silver medals and one gold medal making me the youngest junior world champion of my time.
It was a two-day competition in Germany where I competed with my older sister. I was extremely nervous on both days I would have nothing but winning on my mind and the confidence I had to have in myself that I was already champion is what kept me going along with the wise words of my father that ‘if I walk into the ring fearing that I would lose then I had already lost but if I walk in with a champion mentality that I would win I had already won before the tournament had even began.
Being one of only 3 women competing for the United Kingdom against other countries that had brought hundreds of women to complete I knew I had no choice but to bring a medal home even if it was just one win but thankfully I came home with all medals and an amazing championship status that made me recognised all around the U.K for my great achievements.
You are the world-leading social media personality, model, karate champion, and a brand ambassador. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
I manage such an active lifestyle with my drive and motivation to always become better. Balancing work, personal life, and fitness I believe anything that comes my way was meant to be so I can mentally & physically handle it all. I have 24 hours in my day just like everyone else so I make sure I get up to 5-8 hours of sleep before starting my day that leaves me recharged to get as much done as I possibly can. I have a strong coffee when I wake up in the morning to not give myself a chance to be lazy or tired.
I give a certain amount of attention to each aspect starting from the most important tasks first and have my time scheduled out perfectly but sometimes things over lap and over run which is ok as things don’t always go according to plan as that’s one thing in life i’ve learned to accept. Not everything will always go our way and the way we want it to so it’s about understanding and adapting to the situation when that happens.
What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you may wish to share?
My main exercise consists of stationary squats, walking squats, jumping squats, side stepping squats, stationary lunges, stepping lunges, on the floor kickbacks & an intense super set workout for my abs.
This can all be done in the space of 45 mins at home with a heavy resistance band for fast & effective results. When done in the shortest amount of time with 1 min rests in between sets to keep the breathing tame the results are exceptional & fast.
As I don’t always go to gym because I don’t always have time and sometimes when I do have time I’m very tired and just like to rest I do a quick home workout including all the above to stay satisfied that I did something healthy for my body that will pay off in the long run.
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