Muay Thai and kickboxing (K-1 style)
- Second place in the World Muay Thai championship in Chiangmai (Thailand) in 2004, 67kg.
- First place in the World Muay Thai championship in Bangkok (Thailand) in 2005, 67kg.
- First place in the World Muay Thai championship in Bangkok (Thailand) in 2007, 67kg.
- The best bout – against an English fighter on the 2007 championship. I knocked her out by kicking to head in 5 seconds – it was the shortest bout in the world championship history.
I have been enjoyed everything in Muay: traditions, Wai Kru dance, music of the bout, techniques and friendly atmosphere in the club…
I didn't get hard blows, so I don't have any harmful complications. In fact, the number of punches and kicks reaching head in Muay Thai is several times less than in kickboxing and ten times than in boxing. However. Muay Thai is much more effective for self defense.
Basically by the spirit and traditions. Also by technique arsenal: clinch, elbow and knee blows are allowed as well as a grasp of the leg with a subsequent kick to the supporting leg. Actually, if boxing is a pistol then kickboxing is a Winchester rifle and Thai boxing is a machine gun.
No, K-1 is not "no-hold barred" - it is a pared-down Thai boxing in which elbows, knees and clinches are prohibited. It has been done in order to cut off the Thai and Slavic who are strong in these techniques, from big honoraria and to adapt Europeans and The Japanese.
It is a mistaken opinion. In Muay, the blows to head tens times less frequent than in boxing.
In Muay Thai, efficiency of a striking technique varies from fighter to fighter. Everybody has his/her favorite ones. A Muay Thai fighter has some advantages over a regular kickboxer; first of all, the ability to fight in a clinch and to use elbows; and of course in dangerous strikes by knees/ At the same time, punching and kicking skills are equally necessary in both Muay and kickboxing.
You have a chance to make good bucks only if you are on top of professional Muay Thai.
In every respect: emotional (women behave more emotionally); technical (women yield men very substantially); physical (being second in rough strength, women sometimes even surpass in endurance and almost always in flexibility) and psychological (for women it is more difficult to make up their mind to fight).
I guess, no.
The trainers are more soft and polite with us seek mutual understanding.
I am personally against this
No, I am a woman after all.
Of course, I feel elation and satisfaction from a victory but at the same time, I feel compassion for my opponent is she is knocked out or traumatized.
I didn't encounter such things - in our competitions different emotions prevail: joy, pride for friends, team spirit, fervor, inspiration - everything but the rage.
No, I consider Muay Thai as a beautiful and noble form of martial arts.
I always care about my appearance.
I am improving my defending skills in order to avoid this.
I am a policewoman
My husband and the son who is three days old now.
Yes, as soon as the baby grows stronger, I guess this Summer, I will recommence training
Yes, I have – when arrested drug addicts. I may not make it public because it's an official secrecy.
No, I am not different from other women by appearance in these terms.
My husband is a student of Police Academy and he is an athlete too. So, we have complete mutual understanding.
He is a rock-climber, kayaker and enthusiastic tourist.
I don't like it but sometimes I had occasion to.
Yes, I had occasions. I think you must do everything to avoid a fight.
The world has been changed. Women too.
Men became weaker, so strong women became popular.
Yes, indeed. Nowadays, women more often protect themselves.
The reason is the same. Strong women turn on weak men.
No, like ballerina's performance doesn't humiliate male ballet spectators
Negative. A woman must be a woman. Nobody likes feminists but I want to be beloved.
No, my hobby is sports.
The site is very interesting, it is very different from any other site.
Evgeny Kotelnikov: Maria is a very interesting person, she has fundamentally changed my opinion about female Muay Thai. I was always against it. Having prepared 14 world male champions, I had never met girls in this martial art who would be able to reach a level higher that the level of a dirt brawl. Maria was the first. Currently four more girls are training in our club who follow in her footsteps. They also brought medals from the worls championships but Masha is still the only a gold medalist.
In the ring, she is working very smart and beautifully.
Maria is the first and the only girl in Belarus who became two-time world champion in Muay Thai
With the trainer E.Kotelnikov on the pedestal
With Belarus team on the world championship in Bangkok in 2007
Photos from the site Kickfighter, Belarus
Maria with her husband
We kindly thank Evgeny and Maria for the photos from the private album