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© 2017 by Muay Thai Fighter | Nat Thrills | Burleigh Heads

Born in Cavite City, Philippines.

Raised in Gloucestershire, England.

Lives & works on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Natalie Gonzales Hills (Credit: Gary Compton)
Natalie Gonzales Hills (Credit: Gary Compton)

was born to a Filipino mother and an English father who met in Hong Kong. I immigrated to England and spent my childhood with my younger sister, in the town of Cheltenham. From an early age, my competitive nature was evident as I participated in a variety of sports. These were mainly Swimming, Gymnastics and Karate. As a teenager, I started playing Hockey, later making the County team. 

In 2009, I achieved an English and History BA Joint Honors Degree at the University of the West of England, Bristol. In my first year of study, I was attacked while working as a charity fundraiser. This incident and a string of dis-empowering events, prompted me to start boxing. My confidence grew and this weekly class, quickly developed into a daily discipline of mixed martial arts training (MMA).

I went onto achieve a Postgraduate Certificate at the University of Gloucestershire and began working at an Independent charity. During this time, I explored different styles; Muay Thai, MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Wrestling, Arnis and Capoeira. I found an affinity with Muay Thai and I resolved to go to Thailand with the aim of fighting there.

I left the UK in 2011 and began a journey across the globe, which lead me to win fights in Bangkok and Phuket. I then returned to my motherland, the Philippines to study the National Sport of Arnis and the Filipino martial art Yaw-Yan Fervilleon. Since then, I have continued to travel, cross-train and fight across the world.

Lange's MMA on the Northern Beaches in Sydney is where I launched my professional career as a Mixed Martial Artist, signing with One Championship in 2015. I received my purple belt in BJJ, under 4th degree black belt Anthony Lange (Will/Machado) in 2018 and return regularly to the club, which is my base camp.

 

I left my office job in Sydney to pursue mixed martial arts wholeheartedly. In 2017, I joined Jackson Wink MMA Academy and relocated to the BMF Ranch in Edgewood, New Mexico.

 

Last year, my heart lead me back to Muay Thai. I won the MTQ State Championships, WKBF East Coast Title and the MTA National Championships, under the tutelage of Wayne and Angie Parr (Boonchu Gym).

 

For more about me, feel free to check out the following links: The Kilapino; Personal training; Long road blog.

Nat Hills