Shayna Baszler Awakening Profile
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Shayna Baszler, born August 24, 1980 and nicknamed The Queen of Spades, is a Bantamweight MMA Champion, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt
and Muay Thai Professional from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
2010 – TCI / The Cage Inc. Women’s 140 lbs Champion
2010 – FCF / Freestyle Cage Fighting Women’s Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion.
Trainers / Instructors / Coaches
Gym / Affiliations
CSW, Next Edge Academy of Martial Arts
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art based in ground fighting. It is unlike many other ground fighting styles, particularly in the way that it teaches practitioners to fight from their backs.
Today, nearly all MMA fighters train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu due to the success that past practitioners have had in the sport.
Muay Thai evolved from Muay Boran, an unarmed combat method, which would have been used by Saimese soldiers after losing their weapons during battle.
Some believe that Muay Boran was was created by the Siamese army, however others believe it was developed in parallel with Krabi Krabong (a weapons based martial art). However Krabi Krabong did play a large influence in Muay Boran, which can be seen through the use of kicks, holds movements in Muay Thai.
The history of Muay Thai is deeply rooted in the history of Thailand (formerly Siam) itself. The country was repeatedly invaded by its neighbouring countries whilst it was still in its infancy. The Thai people depended on their own ability to defend themselves and their lands. In those times before the introduction of gunpowder, only short range weapons were available such as bows and arrows, spears, swords, pikes and clubs when going into battle. From this type of hand to hand combat, weapons could be lost and so, combatants had to learn to quickly rely on unarmed combat using hands/fists, elbows, knees, feet – and their heads (not least to outsmart their adversaries). Without doubt, this systematic use of ‘natural’ weapons developed into a practical and deadly fighting art for the battlefield – that would later become Muay Thai.
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