In the ring, CJ Schouten may be a fighter, but outside the ring, it’s a different story.
“I’m pretty much a huge nerd when I’m not punching things. I absolutely love playing with Lego. I have a rock collection.”
CJ Schouten – Stats
- Age: 28
- Height: 5-4
- Fighting Weight: 125 lbs
- Walking Around Weight: 137 lbs
- Fight Record: 3-0 (kickboxing)
Were you athletic growing up and if so, what sports?
When I was 7, my brother started Karate. Being the younger sibling thinking he was super cool, I absolutely had to as well. At 11-years-old I entered my first tournament and got hooked on competing. For the next 10 years I heavily competed in Karate, earning my black belt and a place on the Canadian National Team.
What motivated you to start training and eventually step into the ring to fight?
I’ve been in martial arts all my life. It’s more than just loving the sport, its simply a part of me. When I was in post-secondary (first a B.Sc. in Geology from UBC, then an Adv. Dip. In GIS from BCIT) I had to take time off training, and although it was necessary to get me to where I am today, there was always something missing. Just over two years ago, I stepped into Lions MMA and knew I had to get back in the ring. I haven’t looked back since.
What are your goals as a fighter?
“To transition into MMA. To be the best, not just compared to others I compete against, but the best against myself.”
What is your profession/job?
GIS Technician for the City of Vancouver, Park Board.
Favorite female fighter and why?
I actually don’t have one… There are a handful where I can appreciate their skills and respect what they have done to get to where they are but I couldn’t name one as my favorite.
Your home is burning down. You can save only one item. What do you save and why?
“My baby blanket. Yes I said baby blanket. It is pink, fuzzy and has a unicorn on it. I’ve had it all my life.”
Best gift you’ve ever received?
I got a Century Bob XL a few years ago and it’s set up at home. Great for taking things down a notch and working on some specifics.
Anything else that you would like to add?
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support of my coaches and teammates at Lions MMA. I am grateful to be a part of this team.
Where can we see more of you?
YouTube for highlights of CJ’s Nov 2017 victory
Instagram – Although this is mainly pictures of my dog. He is my lazy fur baby.