Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Gina Carano: Gorgeous Yet Deadly Princess of Martial Arts

The female gender is said to be the weaker sex. In the past, society was dominated by men --- especially in the world of sports. In sports competitions, the men are often in the limelight, always taking the center stage while women are reduced to mere spectators.

But things are slowly changing. Women are now slowly getting into the picture. From swimming to basketball and even in contact sports like boxing and mixed martial arts, the women are slowly getting into the groove. Women in mixed martial have become accepted and a lot of them are slowly conquering the hearts of the masses. A woman who became a sensation in the MMA world is Gina Carano. She is now almost a household name when it comes to women in MMA.

Gina is a 26 year-old female fighter who is currently undefeated in her MMA career with six wins and also holds a 12-1-1 record in Muay Thai. On February 10, 2007, Gina made sports history when she appeared together with Julie Kedzie in an MMA promotion that was televised on a premium television network. Gina has always been an athletic person who got involved into gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, and softball during her high school years. She has fought and won twice in Muay Thai competitions in Thailand and claims that she enjoyed Muay Thai much more than any sport she has played. Carano adds that competing in martial arts and MMA tournaments taught her a lot about self-respect, self-confidence, and self-control. Because of her deadly moves and training methods, she was given the moniker ‘Conviction.’ Gina has more experience as a stand-up fighter and she uses it to her advantage. She also ground skills, but it needs to be more polished for her to become really dominant fighter.

Gina is both gorgeous and deadly. Her skills and looks have made her a star in her own right. She has been featured in Maxim Magazine and was voted by Big Biz Magazine as the hottest woman in America in its 2008 Spring Issue. In addition to these feats, she is reportedly set to appear in Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Natasha. However she adds that she was 20 years old when she realized that people started to call her attractive. She exclaims that those compliments does not matter to her and will always see herself as the little 12 year-old with braces or the 16 year-old with bruises all over her legs which she got from playing different kinds of sport.

Gina is a living proof of how strong girl power is today and how the gap of equality between men and women had become a very thin line. Stereotyping women as weak little damsels in distress is now almost a thing of the past. Women nowadays have become a force to reckon with in the field of sports. Gina reminds us that in some areas, girls or females can also dominate in a sport that is traditionally ruled by men.

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