Julia Budd was born and raised in Roberts Creek, a small town on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. Julia started playing sports as soon as she could walk. Julia played Soccer, Baseball, and did gymnastics and track and field. Julia has always been competitive and was constantly looking for a challenge, Sports kept Julia busy and focused throughout her elementary years and it was through them that she was able to shine.
As Julia entered into high school, sports became less a part of her life and she was looking for something new. After school one day a friend of Julia’s asked her to go to a Kickboxing class with her, Julia had heard about this instructor who had moved to their town and opened a Muay Thai gym out of his garage. She thought about it for a couple weeks then finally agreed to go. Julia walked into the gym and never looked back, it was there that a passion was born and Muay Thai would become a part of her life forever.
When it came time for Julia to move to Vancouver and attend University she sought out the best instruction. It was then that she would begin training at Gibson MMA in Port Moody under the tutelage of Lance Gibson Sr., former UFC champion and #1 ranked Shooto fighter in the World. Julia would bus 2 hours there and back to train at a world-class facility and it was there that her skills were taken to the next level.
Julia won against Gina Carano, Keri Scarr, Chrisanne Roseliep and Natalie Fuz.
Julia started fighting locally and would soon become well known on the North American Muay Thai circuit after wins against Gina Carano, Keri Scarr, Chrisanne Roseliep and Natalie Fuz.
After a while Julia’s reputation caught up to her and it started getting harder for her to find Muay Thai fights so Julia started to professionally box and train in Mixed Martial Arts. Fighting has brought Julia around the world; She has fought all over the United States, Thailand and Europe. Julia has fought on television numerous times and has been featured on TSN, TELUS TV, Pay Per View and MTV.
In 2007 Julia completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at University of British Columbia and became an NSCA certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Julia operates her Personal training company out of Gibson MMA in Port Moody where she also is a Muay Thai instructor and Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Julia also works as a fitness model and has recently begun to branch out and explore stunt, commercial and acting work.