Fighting Like a Girl


Bodhi Vida Skincare Fighting like a girl                           Gina Carano
You may have heard of Ronda Rousey or Gina Carano (above) in the news lately. They are part of the new establishment in Women's MMA. Rousey is a former Olympic Judo medal winner-turned MMA fighter and Carano is a Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) champ who has parlayed her talents into a film career (see "Haywire" with Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor, and more recently "Deadpool" with Ryan Reynolds). 

They are both considered very attractive and are forces to be reckoned with. So what's the deal with women fighting women?

Gender boundaries are opening up, and women are starting to empower themselves in different ways. With the rise of functional fitness and the desire to test themselves in more and more non-traditional ways, martial arts seem like the perfect option. They were designed, of course, for the smaller person to take advantage of the bigger person(s) and win. It seems ideal. Ronda Rousey is 5'5" and scored a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and has won numerous other medals in the years preceding. She trains hard (you can see videos on YouTube), and has an attitude to match her style. 

If you want to get in the best shape possible, and learn some useful skills, then this is the path for all women. Self-discipline, self-awareness and understanding competitiveness on the mat or in the ring is a must for the girl who wants to be a strong woman. 

I'm certainly going to encourage my daughter to pursue this, if that is what she wants. 

For more information go to the National Women's Martial Arts Federation website: http://www.nwmaf.org


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