As a lot of you know, the lady on the left is a one-time “Face of Women’s MMA” Gina Carano, who was happily playing basketball until dragged to a Muay Thai class by her boyfriend. That made me think -how many little girls on the playgrounds right now are ignoring the little boys hitting each other with sticks and don’t even suspect that they would be good at fighting? Or like to fight?
I always thought that if you are good at something, it will show up early and you will gravitate to people and activities that support your “something”. I am good at languages and in grade 4 when our suddenly pregnant English teacher quickly left our village, I – at ten years of age, on my own – took a two hour bus ride to town every Sunday to go see an English tutor. No one made me.
Do you think it’s possible for a woman (or a man) to grow up completely unaware that they have something called a “fighting spirit” and then find it? Or that they at one point could become a top fighter in MMA? Do you think there may be women all around you that can kick your ass and they are never tempted to try? What are your thoughts?