I'm sure this movie's been posted about before, but I was compelled to give it a re-watch last night since I've gotten back into training and am preparing for a potential fight in November. The movie is awesome so I figured it deserved a little attention from the fight fans here.
Shadow Boxers is a movie about women in the sport of boxing, primarily focusing on the life and career of Lucia Rijker (Boxing record 17-0, Kickboxing record 38-1) http://www.womenboxing.com/biog/lrijker.htm.
The first part of the movie focuses on a female golden gloves tournament champion. Personally I didn't care much for the amateur part of the movie since the skill level represented by the fighters was not what I would consider standard of today's high level amateur competitors, though perhaps the fighters when this movie was made weren't of the same caliber.
The second half of the movie, focusing on Rijker, is phenomenal. Lucia Rijker's skill, determination, and success as a fighter are very compelling. It's also very interesting to watch how she trains and her interactions with her trainer, Freddy Roach, the male boxers she trains with, and her personal views on the sport. You also get to hear some narrative about what goes on in her head during some of her more memorable fights.
For me this movie is very inspirational and watching Lucia really motivates me to try and improve and become the best I can be. Not just as a female competitor, but as a competitor in general.
Anyhow, everyone should check this movie out if they haven't already. It rocks.
Here's a highlight video someone made with some clips from the movie
YouTube - lucia rijker
Last edited by Torakaka; 8/05/2008 9:37pm at .
When I read your post, my music player chose, from its many random options, Eye of the Tiger.
I wonder if it's telling me something.
I'll give it a shot. The last boxing movie i watched was about a female boxer being put down like a horse when she got injured, it is not as depressive as that one is it?
depressING my friend. The last boxer that Hillary Swank fights in that movie is actually Lucia Rijker.
Originally Posted by Sang
And no, it's not depressing :P
sounds good, i'll keep an eye out for it.
you should post a copy of your write-up here, it's very well written.
Will do :)
Originally Posted by Neildo
I wonder if Lucia could (with training)compete with todays female mma comp. I think she is one of the, if not the best woman kickboxers of all time.
Is it suitable for kids? I might watch it with my daughter.
If she learned some takedown and submission defense I think she would completely crush everyone at her weight in MMA.
Originally Posted by hoodedmonk