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A newcomer to the world of MMA

Posted 09 January 2011   Articles


A virtual newcomer to the world of Mixed Martial Arts

Gina Carano is a name that no one had heard of just a few years ago. Today, however, to fans of the MMA, she’s quickly becoming a household word. Originally trained in Muay Thai Boxing, the 24-year old native of Nevada won her most recent MMA bout on Showtime on February 10th, guaranteeing that millions of people would be talking about her on Feb. 11th.

A virtual newcomer to the world of Mixed Martial Arts, Gina defeated veteran fighter Julie Kedzie by unanimous decision to bring her MMA record to 4-0. Previously, however, she had already established herself with a 12-1-1 record on the Muay Thai Boxing Circuit. She began her Muay Thai training at Master Toddy’s Muay Thai Academy in Las Vegas and still trains with the Grand Master as she continues to break barriers in the world of mixed martial arts.

Muay Thai is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the world and a discipline that has proven extremely effective in mixed martial arts competitions. Native to Thailand, Muay Thai is known as one of the most powerful forms of martial arts and according to historical reports, began as a skill used in close combat fighting on the battlefield. Muay Thai is currently taught and used by the CIA, Secret Service and the Navy Seals.

While there is little information about how it actually evolved, Muay Thai seems to have been incorporated into the culture of Thailand from the very beginning. Muay Thai contests go back as far as the reign of King Rama V. Muay Thai was taught to soldiers as well as students and was actually a part of the curriculm in Thailand schools until the 1920’s.

The current standards in Muay Thai evolved in the 1930’s when the regulations that are used today were actually introduced into the sport. Some say this evolution was a response to the success that Thai Boxers were having in international boxing championships. It was at this time that those training or fighting in the Muay Thai discipline began wearing gloves and weight classes were introduced in competitions. While most believed these changes were for the betterment of the sport, Muay Thai lost many of it’s more traditional students.

Current Muay Thai rules include five three-minute rounds and fighters are given a two minute recovery period between each round. Known as the “science of 8 limbs”, Muay Thai uses not only punching and kicking with the hands and feet but includes many strikes with the knees and elbows as well.

Gina Carano trained with one of the world’s best Muay Thai teachers at Master Toddy’s Muay Thai Academy in Las Vegas and has actually fought in Thailand on three separate occasions. Grand Master Toddy, her instructor, has trained over 40 world champions in the United States alone and actually had a part in the “The Man with the Golden Gun.” and “Austin Powers.“

Master Toddy spent sixteen years as an instructor in England before moving to Las Vegas Nevada. In addition to Carano, Master Toddy has also trained several other newcomers including; Angela Rivera, Tito Ortiz, Kit Cope, Melchor Menor, Shannon Singleton, Ben Garcia, and Marvin Eastman. World Champions include Howard Brown, Kiyotaka Kato, Kash Gill, Lisa Howarth, Ronnie Green, Dale Cook, and Maurice Smith to name just a few