Alexandra (Alex) Stokman Brackett began training in Muay Thai after she moved to New York City immediately after college and took a class at a local gym. She was hooked after that first class, and knew she wanted to fight. Having never received training in any combat sport, she was awed by the power generated by seemingly ‘small’ statured people, as well as the tradition of respect and discipline demanded by Muay Thai.
Alex trained with Kru Edge Brown and Kru Steve Milles, at the NYC Muay Thai camp under famed trainer Master Toddy. After learning the fundamentals of the sport, Alex began competing in venues in New York City, Virginia and Boston. In 2001, Alex won the 135lb (Women’s Welterweight) World Kickboxing Association (WKA) U.S. Championship and qualified for Worlds. She then went on to represent the USA and won a silver medal at the 2001 WKA World Championships in Vienna, Austria. Upon her return to NYC, she witnessed 9/11 first hand, and decided to try fighting for a different reason. She joined the U.S Marine Corps and served two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2008, Alex moved to Peoria, IL, and after a eight year hiatus from the sport, and severe back injury, she began training again. She married Coach Josh Brackett in Thailand, where the couple spent part of their honeymoon training Muay Thai, and watching fights.
During the day, Alex works as a Marketing Manager for a large heavy equipment manufacturer. in 2018, Alex graduated with a professional certification in dog training and education, and is pursuing an advanced degree. She has rehabilitated two rescue pitbulls, and has a passion for working with ‘tough’ cases.
Alex enjoys sharing her love of Thai boxing with her students, particularly women of all ages. She feels very strongly that all women should be given an opportunity to understand the power they can generate, and be taught to throw and take a punch (or kick).