Women and the Muay Thai Tradition

Many women are surprised when they discover that the Women Muay Thai tradition was so biased against women in Thailand. Master Toddy is a pioneer in this area and instrumental in bringing more talented female fighters into this sport. He believes it will be good for Muay Thai overall, to help it grow bigger, faster and make it more beautiful. Master Toddy knows that it is important for women to learn how to protect themselves as well, and Muay Thai gives women the skills and confidence necessary for self defense. Master Toddy was the first in the world to let women fight professionally at such high levels in the sport.

Gina Carano is Master Toddy’s most famous female fighter, as seen on ‘Fight Girls’, and now appearing in many hit hollywood movies. You can see all of the ‘Fight Girls’ series on Youtube, whilst you’re there, why not check out Master Toddy’s production of Tuff Girls. Muay Thai is a huge part of MMA nowadays and any well known fighter will train in Thailand to better their skills. Muay Thai is very effective with little power and strength needed. Its all about technique as Master Toddy focuses most of his training on.

Gina Carano (born April 16, 1982) is an American actress, television personality, fitness model, and former mixed martial artist.

Carano began her training with straight Muay Thai to competitive MMA, where she competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC. She was featured in ESPN The Magazine as well as Maxim. Her popularity led to her being called the “face of women’s MMA” (although Carano herself rejected the title)[1] and was ranked 5th on a list of the “Top 10 Influential Women” of 2008.[2] In August 2009, Carano fought Cristiane Santos in Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, the first time two women headlined a major MMA event; Santos won.[3] Carano compiled a competitive record of 12–1–1 in Muay Thai and a 7–1 in women’s MMA.[4]

Outside the ring, Carano performed as Crush in the revamped 2008 television series American Gladiators. Carano has pursued a career in acting since she retired from competition. Her film debut in Steven Soderbergh‘s 2011 action film Haywire earned a nomination for best actress in that genre at the 18th Critics’ Choice Awards. Additional film credits include Fast & Furious 6 (2013), a starring role in In the Blood (2014), and as Angel.

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