Ronda Rousey’s Background Drove Her Success


Ronda Rousey is known for being a highly skilled and successful woman in the wrestling industry, a reputation driven by her background. With her swift moves and undeniably precise aim, she has been pinning down both men’s and women’s records, all the while racking up her own accomplishments in the sport since she first appeared in 2011.

In the early 2000s, women’s matches overpowered those of male wrestlers when it came to match brevity; and the women seemed to need only a minute or two to claim victory. Rousey appeared a decade later, and is continuing the tradition as she unwaveringly succeeds time and time again, crushing the dreams of former champions and knocking down her opponents within a lightning-fast average of half a minute.

Last year, her ring-dance with black belt wrestler Alexis Davis took only 16 seconds before Rousey claimed her victim, which is not too much of an oddity for this power machine. She speedily conquers her opponents with her ability to make quick, clever analyses of the various anatomical positions and angles that can be utilized to work against her opponents’ natural ranges of movement. In Rousey’s technique, the key to manipulating another wrestler to surrender is often to mercilessly twist the arm, or other regions, into positions that could result in disturbing damage. Other skills she has include pummeling other wrestlers and suddenly, slyly weaseling out of their seemingly inescapable grips while overpowering them with her own.

Rousey’s background helped to drive her success, and it seems easy for her to win so relentlessly. She has disclosed that her father committed suicide very early in her childhood; an event which influenced a self-motivation that developed into experience. Her drive to succeed in sports and entertainment shows that her passions are both well-chosen emotional outlets and a means of making both herself and her family proud.

Before getting into MMA, the famous wrestler had breezed through the Beijing Olympic games in 2008, when her first New York Times profile officially tagged her as the “first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo,” which was her mother’s favorite sport. Her mother, too, had made history in this MMA form – she became the first person to win a gold medal in the sport, an event that occurred during the 1984 Vienna Olympic games. Rousey’s father first inspired her to get into swimming, but after his passing, she chose to work to earn her title as a top-ranked judoka in the United States, followed by the boxing and muay thai training that led her down the road of becoming a UFC champion.

Rousey’s medical history and her background has driven her success in her wrestling career. Most professional athletes have experienced broken bones or strains, but what singly set her apart both mentally and physically was her inability to talk until the age of five or six due to “birthing complications.” Her father helped her to overcome this short-lived setback, and to this day she takes pride in how she expresses herself verbally and physically, having struggled to exercise her facial muscles which, in turn, helped her to enunciate. Later, she turned her attention to the rest of the power in her 5’5″ body became the MMA champion she is today.

By Jarick Roaderick

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