photography by Patricia Steur (photo Lucia Rijker at cover)
Lucia Frederica Rijker (1967), born in Amsterdam, now living in Los Angeles, is a Dutch professional female boxer, kickboxer and actress and has been a Buddhist practitioner for nearly 20 years. Lucia is undefeated in the ring, with a kickboxing record of 37 – 0 (25 wins by K.O.) and a boxing record of 17 – 0 (14 K.O.s), conquering six world titles in the process.
As an actress she has appeared in over 13 films and documentaries such as the Oscar-winning female boxer-based film Million Dollar Baby by Clint Eastwood. In 2013 the movie Bittersweet was filmed, leading up to the match where Lucia coaches the female boxer Diana Prazak to prepare her physically and mentally for one of the toughest fights of her life, which turns out to be a ‘bittersweet’ victory. Lucia also co-produced this film. It premiered in the Netherlands last September at the Nederlands Film Festival.
Since retiring in 2005 from her impressive professional boxing and kickboxing career, Lucia has been travelling the world as a coach, teacher and motivational speaker, giving lectures, seminars and empowerment workshops to athletes and people from all walks of life, all over the world, encouraging them to perform their best.