Posted On:8/06/2003 2:10pm
Style: Muay Thai & BJJ
Cage fighting not for men only
Martial arts led to local woman's interest in sport
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 1, 2003 12:00 AM
While she was growing up, stepping inside of a cage to fight was the furthest thing from Michelle Farrow's mind.
"I grew up in a very strict religion, and martial arts was forbidden," Farrow said.
Now that her mind-set has changed, she rather enjoys beating her opponents senseless.
Farrow, 36, will be in the lone women's fight on the card for Saturday's Rage in the Cage matches at Celebrity Theatre. Farrow (8-2) will fight at 150 pounds. She will meet Nicole Maldonado, a 145-pounder from Tucson who is making her debut.
Farrow, who competed in track at Paradise Valley High School, first took an interest in martial arts at the age of 14. Years later, after watching her husband compete, she decided she wanted to try it.
"I started training the next morning, and he trained me at home," said Farrow, who first learned judo and jiu-jitsu.
Five years ago, she turned to cage fighting. Her training, five or six days a week, three to four hours a day, has never wavered.
Her strongest suit is grappling, and her goal in a match is to win by submission with the use of an arm bar maneuver on her opponent's elbow.
"It's pretty intense," said Farrow, who trains at Leininger Martial Arts in Phoenix. "But I train with all men. No girl out there can hit me as hard as one of the guys.
"My husband is my main training partner, and he doesn't take it easy on me. He hits me harder than some of the other guys, and he says if I'm going to fight, I need to learn to defend myself."
There are only a handful of women involved in RITC matches, but many more than a few years ago, said Farrow. She said fear has nothing to do with it.
"It's not a mainstream sport to begin with, and every time women do a combat sport, men tend to look at it as a sideshow act," she said.
"It's good for the sport for women to go in there."
"When we go to the ground, you are in my world. The ground is the ocean, I am the shark, and most people don't even know how to swim." RCJ Machado
Originally Posted by Sifu Rudy Abel
"Just what makes a pure grappler think he can survive with an experienced striker. Especially if that striker isn't following any particular rule set and is well aware of what the grapplers strategies are".
Posted On:8/06/2003 2:15pm
Style: Chinese Boxing
Official WTDude Badass Evil Genius
Posted On:8/13/2003 3:17pm
the guy beats his wife!
Shut up and Gracie train!
Phrosty finally got my article up, all come and look! Fighting Multiples
"Why the kiaii? What the hell IS kiaii?" Posted by Joe August 12 2003
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Posted On:8/13/2003 3:19pm
Style: JKD, BJJ
Oh, thank god. She's older than me. I have a shot.
"Actually, when practiced properly, such and such art causes oceans to rise and cities to fall and the great Pharoh's army to shudder beneath your might." -- Boyd
Monkey Ninjas! Attack!
Posted On:8/14/2003 5:53am
That's one tough lady.
Good luck to her.
"I have the power!" - He-man. The most powerful man in the Universe.
(Short, sharp and to the point. Redefining the quotations of heros.)
"You realise the transformations give a man enough strength to destroy a truck with his bare hands!?
YOU HAVE BETRAYED ME, IN THE WORST POSSIBLE MANNER!!" - KiWarrior
"Sport ? That kind of thing's not my bag baby!" - Sammy Franco
"This system was developed with the help of notible BJJ fighter Ribbon Muchado." - "Sifu" Anthony Iglesias
Posted On:8/25/2003 12:50am
it sound hentai(too many hentai story that involve cage fighting)
<--sorry for my damn poor english, iam trying to improvise it--> thanks
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