The woman who plays Crush on American Gladiators is named Gina Carano, and she is seriously adorable. I was having trouble reconciling this cuteness with the story of her being a very successful Muay Thai fighter, even with her saying in an interview: Yes I hit people.
So I finally started Googling for her name and found all sorts of things to correct my thinking.
First a disarming interview but has fight footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1o1Aa3Vjvg
Then a real fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgRtBM-hWm4&feature=related
(And there's a lot more to be seen)
Ai-ya, not just a pretty face. I'll try to refrain from calling you cute anymore (or if I do it will be from a safe distance.)
While I love punching inanimate objects, I do not see the appeal of hitting another person. And I really don't want to be hit in the head (or anywhere else) by another person as I want to keep the wits I have- I have MS which can have cognitive effects and most importantly: I think for a living. The physical challenge of fighting for real has no appeal to me. (Though I do admit to trying to use being hit as a way through depression pain - it actually worked for a short while - I did a lot of things to try to [mostly unsuccessfully] cope with the pain of depression but that's another post.)
I love basic kickboxing, but don't yearn to hit someone for real. Sparring would be fine, but no blood please.