Balancing life as a mother and a martial artist is no easy feat, but when you are a Chinese prospect like “Supermom” Miao Jie, you have to make it work.
Miao, the 30-year-old native of Shanghai, is among ONE Championship’s top women’s strawweight talents, holding a win-loss slate of 6-1. A talented grappler, placing third overall a purple belt at the 2017 IBJJF World Championships, Miao has utilised her prowess in the submission department inside the cage as four of her six victories have come via submission.
In her promotional debut under the ONE Championship banner, Miao scored a 49-second submission victory over Mona Samir of Egypt. Following her first appearance in ONE Championship, she needed just 45 seconds to submit Australia’s Amira Hafizovic via armbar to set a record for fastest submission by a female competitor in the promotion’s history.
As she nurtures a professional mixed martial arts career that has seen her reach the global stage, Miao also has to be a full-time mother to her three-year-old son, Peanut.
MY SON GIVS ME THE REASON TO PUSH FORWARD AND WORK FOR THE GOALS THAT I WANT TO ACHIEVE.
Although she had to divide her time between being a parent and training as a cage competitor, Miao admitted that it is difficult to juggle two roles at the same time. However, Miao was quick to address that her son is her source of inspiration as she pursues her martial arts career.
“He gives me the inspiration that I need to go on in my career and in life. Whether it’s inside or outside the cage, my son gives me the reason to push forward and work for the goals that I want to achieve,” she shared.
Miao bared that she allows her son to accompany her at the gym while training for an upcoming bout, which may be an usual outlook on parenting.
However, a single-mother like Miao stressed the importance of transparency and open communication with her son.
“I think it’s important for any family unit to have an open line of communication and to be supportive of each other and whatever goals you have,” she stated.
Even at the tender age of three, Miao’s son fully understands more about the physicality of the sport that her mother struts her wares into. Asked whether she would encourage her child to follow in her footsteps, Miao explained that it would depend on her son’s own level of passion.
“I don’t want to force him. I want him to follow his own dreams. If he does want to get into it seriously, then we’ll have a serious discussion about doing the sport because if you’re not serious, that’s when you can get hurt,” she acknowledged.
According to Miao, having a child changed her own attitude in life as she had to pick up a regular job on the side while building her professional career.
“Once you become a mother, a parent, your priorities change and you’re in charge of a human being for the rest of your life. It is my responsibility to raise the best human being that I can, and part of that is becoming a good example and being able to provide for him,” she said.
Miao says her next outing in ONE Championship should serve as a springboard for women and mother like her to understand they can truly do anything if they put their minds and hearts into it.
“I would like to continue this campaign for everyone who doesn’t understand the beauty of this sport. Martial arts is not about fighting. Its real aim is to empower both men and women. We’ve already seen what women can do inside the cage. It’s a high time to unleash our full potential in this sport,” she ended.