Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan and Fight Night! author Lito Angeles look at the training, talent and trajectory of two hard-core female judo masters!
Tough guys, we have plenty. In fact, on any given day you can’t swing a nunchaku around the Black Belt office without hitting a self-defense expert, an MMA champ or a street-hardened master who has dropped by for an interview or photo shoot. Tough girls are a different matter. First off, we don’t have as many women cycling through. Second, not all the female martial artists we deal with are into fighting; some practice the arts for other, less physical reasons. These two female martial artists, however, bring some special accolades and history to the table. Both were featured on Black Belt magazine's recent two-part article series "Tough Girls: 10 Female Fighters Who Scare Us."
Dr. AnnMaria De MarsBackground of This Judo Techniques Master: She’s been a judoka since she was 12 and coached since she was 14. She’s also the co-author of Winning On the Ground: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters (featuring Ronda Rousey and Kayla Harrison), among other books, and — oh, yeah — the mother of MMA sensation and definitely-a-judo-techniques-expert-in-her-own-right, the aforementioned Ronda Rousey.
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Olympic Judo Medalist and MMA Fighter