Female Fighters Make Their Mark
Yolanda 'The Springbok' Schmidt / Pic: Fightmag

As a female fighter I’m proud to be succeeding in muaythai. I didn’t choose to get involved in a male dominant sport, I’ve chosen my passion.

Sporting aspirations should not be confined to which sex dominates a specific sport, but rather where your passion lies. Being a female you do not choose to partake in a male dominated sport. You opt to follow your passion. If this happens to be a manly sport – then it is simply an additional characteristic.

Overlooking sexist barriers and superstitions that have paved a bumpy road for women, women’s muaythai on the rise.

Years ago women were not permitted in any ring in Thailand. Even touching the canvas was seen as bad fortune.

The world is evolving continuously. Great strides have been made by female athletes in gaining equal representations and media coverage.

Due to its physical nature, martial arts has been seen as ‘manly’. Many have discouraged women from participating in such sports.

However, the evolution of gender roles has allowed for more female participation in fighting.

Our youth are fortunate to have female athletes such as Gina Corano, Michelle Wie, Ronda Rousey, and Danicia Patrick as role models.

Women all around the world continue to break the gender stereotypes created by society.

There is also a fresh evidence of females making their mark in Muay Thai.

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Yolanda Schmidt
Yolanda Schmidt, from Sydney, NSW is the Australian national champion in Muay Thai. In addition, she is a two-time bronze medalist at IFMA world championships. She is also a teacher at Menai High School in Illawong, NSW. Schmidt is a regular contributor to FIGHTMAG, where she covers women's kickboxing and Muay Thai.

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