In combat sports, a fighter needs to have a strong body, has enough willpower, and has the determination and perseverance to learn all the techniques. For most people, only men possess these qualities. That is why a lot of people believe that combat sports, especially in Muay Thai, the most practised form of martial arts in the world, is made only for men.10 Coolest, Baddest Female Muay Thai Fighters of All Time Click To Tweet
This doesn’t mean, though, that no woman has ever attempted to prove those people wrong. Today, Muay Thai has as many women practitioners as men.
Muay Thai and its appeal to women
There are several reasons a lot of female martial artists have become interested in Muay Thai.
Although Muay Thai is an extremely competitive sport, it is actually not dangerous. In the world of contact sport, you have to be 100% committed to learning the craft; master all the techniques to ensure that you’ll be able to protect yourself from your opponent while inside the ring. Slacking is not an option in Muay Thai.Muay Thai requires rigorous training. Even if you’re only doing it for fitness and health purposes Click To Tweet
Muay Thai requires rigorous training. Even if you’re only doing it for fitness and health purposes, you still need to execute different manoeuvres correctly to avoid injuring yourself or other people. This means that you have to put your heart and mind into every training session. This is something that women have always been great at.
Other reasons Muay Thai has many female enthusiasts include the following:
Accompanied by proper diet and rigid training, you’ll burn fat easily with this form of martial arts. Because this combat sport requires your whole body to move, you’ll be able to burn calories faster than other forms of exercises.You can learn self-defence techniques that will help you protect yourself against anyone wanting to cause you harm Click To Tweet
- Protect yourself from harm.
You can learn self-defence techniques that will help you protect yourself against anyone wanting to cause you harm.
- Strengthen your body.
Because Muay Thai is an excellent form of exercise, you’ll be able to improve your stamina as you strengthen your bones and tone your muscles. Not only will you have a leaner physique but also have a stronger body.When you engage in strenuous activities, you are improving your overall health, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Click To Tweet
- Improve your overall health.
When you engage in strenuous activities, you are improving your overall health, physically, mentally, and emotionally. As a result, you’ll experience a boost in your mood and have a better perspective on life.
Despite being an ultra-violent sport, Muay Thai continues to gather a huge following of women around the world. In fact, there have been unforgettable names of female Muay Thai practitioners, also referred to as nak muay. Don’t be fooled by their sweet faces and fragile façade, though. They’re not one to be messed with.
Here are some of the most popular female nak muays of all time:
- Julie Kitchen – 2011 WBC Muay Thai Welterweight World Champion
Before Kitchen retired as a fighter in 2012, she started her career as an English female kickboxer, Muay Thai nuk muay, and sports commentator.
Her first-ever win was in March 2002 when she defeated Diane Fletcher from Liverpool. In her entire fighting career, she fought fighters from 15 different countries. During those times, she bagged several titles and awards. She won several Muay Thai fights in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She retired in January 2012 after she lost a fight via split decision against Amanda Kelly.
- Miriam Nakamoto – 2012 WCK Champion of Champions Super Lightweight Champion
Nakamoto is an American professional female Muay Thai and mixed martial artist. Even at just 135 pounds, Nakamoto proves that size doesn’t matter when you’re in the ring. When she won the WCK Champion title in 2012, she defeated Claire Haigh of Luxembourg by KO after only one round. As a matter of fact, she has a perfect 16-0 record to date. She won eight Muay Thai championships since she started her Muay Thai fighting career in 2005.
- Lucy Payne – 2015 World Boxing Council Muaythai Champion
Also referred to as The Princess of Pain, Payne is an English kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter from Cornwall.
Payne defeated Chajmaa Bellakhai of Morocco by TKO after only two rounds at The John Charles Centre for Sports in England when she won the title.
- Tiana Caverly – 2011 WBC World Female Bantamweight Champion
Australian Tiana Caverly won against Japanese Ayano Oishi by unanimous decision after five rounds in Battle Collossal XII in Perth, Australia. She retained her title when she defeated Dionapha Kate Kiangsak of Thailand by KO after three rounds.
- Jemyma Betrian – 2014 WKC Muaythai Women’s World Bantamweight Title
Bantamweight champion Jemyma Betrian is a Dutch kickboxer and boxer based in the Netherlands. She has been competing professionally in Muay Thai competitions since 2005. She won two titles in February 2014 and August 2014 against Thais Souza and Christi Brereton respectively.
- Anissa Meksen – 2015 WFC European Championship
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This 115-pound French kickboxer and nuk muay recently won the Glory Kickboxing title in 2017 when she defeated Tiffany van Soest. She has so far won 11 times in the World Championship and French Championship. The Federation Internationale de Savate also ranked Meksen number one in the world from 2007 to 2013. And in 2014, she won the award “Best Boxer of the Year.”
- Michelle Preston – 2017 WBC Muaythai World Super Flyweight Champion
This Manchester-born Muay Thai fighter and the professional boxer have held several titles, including WBA Regional Champion, WBO Regional title, and New Zealand National title. Most importantly, this amazing nuk muay became a four-time World Kickboxing Champion, which means that she’s one strong woman.
- Ruth Ashdown – 2016 WBC World Champion
This English fighter who has become the first-ever woman to win a 125lbs WBC Diamond belt in Muay Thai in Hong Kong. She defeated Dokmaipa Kiatpompetch of Thailand. Although Dokmaipa dominated the ring with kicks and knees, for the most part, Ashdown controlled the pace. She scored with lots of kicks and punches, knocking down her Thai opponent in the fifth round.
- Erika Kamimura – 2011 WBC Muay Thai Inaugural Mini-Flyweight Champion
A professional Japanese kickboxer, Kamimura started kickboxing in 2006. The following year, she made her debut in the sport and won by knockout. And in 2008, at only 15 years old, Kamimura made her professional debut in kickboxing and won against Mika in a unanimous decision. She went up against Denise Mellor of England for the WBC Muay Thai Inaugural Mini-Flyweight title in October 2011 and won by KO.
- Ayaka Miyauchi – 2014 WBC interim World Champion
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Miyauchi goes by the name “Little Tiger,” which was handed to her by her master pro-wrestler Satoru Sayama. Despite her petite frame, she has battered rivals to bag six world titles in the Thai martial art since she started professionally in 2007. According to this world champion, a true champion behaves like one even outside the ring. She said that she wants to inherit the samurai spirit.