Catherine Phipps completed her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching at York St. John University, UK with first class honours in 2012, writing her undergraduate dissertation on the gendered experiences of elite female Taekwondo athletes. She then went on to complete an MSc in Sociology of Sport and Exercise at the University of Chester, UK in 2013, achieving a distinction grade and the Norbert Elias award for her thesis on the quest for excitement in professional female Muay Thai boxing. She is currently in her first year of doctoral study at the University of Greenwich, UK. As a martial artist, Catherine holds a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo, with 16 years’ experience in both sports-fighting and traditional Taekwondo (training and teaching). She currently trains and competes in both boxing and Muay Thai.