Gina Carano Fan Experience: taking hard hits & still moving forward

Posted by: p0d on June 25, 2012

“My entire life has been

 one

 long

 battle.”

My name is Chandra Vause. I am a 21 year old girl from South Africa. My entire life has been one long battle. I’ve had to fight for myself from an extremely young age as my father killed himself when I was 5 years old. My life hit a downward spiral. After living in many different homes and getting involved in drugs in my teen years, I have finally found myself and discovered that I am not my past or my circumstances. I have become a stronger person and I have Muay Thai and Gina Carano to thank for that. I have been practicing Muay Thai for 6 months now, during which time I have secured a future for myself by working hard as I was accepted into University to get my teaching degree in Language. I saw Gina Carano in  Fight Girls, and watching her gave me the strength I needed to pull myself out of the hole I was in. Gina’s genuine spirit and fighter’s heart is what pushed me to get my life on track again.

 I had my first fight this past weekend (The SASCA Championships)  I fought a woman who has been practicing the sport for four years. I held out for three rounds going the distance, but was completely out of my league. Every time I hit that ring floor or had the wind knocked out of me, I kept thinking about what Gina would have done, so I stood up and took my beating. Proving my confidence was worth the worst hits of a black eye and bloody mouth. After I finish University, my dream is to become a professional Muay Thai fighter and meet Gina Carano. If I could say anything to Gina, it would be thank you. Thank you for inspiring me; you have no idea I exist but the impact you have made on my life is phenomenal. If I achieve none of my dreams, I know one wish came true, having a fighter’s heart. I know that every time that bell rings for the next round, I will keep trying. In life, I can hold my head high.

 

3 Responses to Gina Carano Fan Experience: taking hard hits & still moving forward

  1. Lauren says:

    This is wonderful! Congratulations on your training and the strength you’ve gained! And even though you lost your fight, you have to take the small victories knowing you held your own and went the distance! What a story. Gina truly is an inspiration to many people, including myself to pursue a career in muay thai/mma. What an awesome person inside and out she seems to be. I’m glad society still has some positive roll models to look after like Gina, among a few others. Thanks for sharing! This made my day.

  2. mani says:

    An inspirational life story. Gina has this effect on many people, including myself. I was always one of those people who were continually pushed around. Gina inspired me to stand up for myself. Her quote “I dont like being told NO” has become the motto of my life. I too hope to meet Gina one day and tell her, how grateful I am to her.

    • Chandra Vause says:

      I too feel the same. I hate being told no. I was told I would never be able to go back to school or pass. I was born with a perthes’ disease and told I wouldn’t be able to walk properly. I was bullied and always told I wasn’t good enough. I ended up proving everyone wrong.

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