Monday, November 14, 2016

Get Real Girl dolls on Kickstarter

Dolls via

Every now and then I google this blog to see who else is talking about it. Risky maybe but the last search brought up the Get Real Girl action figures.

Set up by Shona Gupta, she says: 'The dolls I played with during my childhood years didn’t look like me. Of course, they had roles - princess, flight attendant, rockstar - and they always dressed impeccably well.

'Looking back, I wish that there was a doll that would have sparked dreams of adventure and action, dreams that would help me see and feel like my real self. '

I think it's the knees got me - bendable flexible legs for kicking footballs and running. Nice. 

She's on Kickstarter with just over half the funding raised already, you can get involved on Kickstarter at Get real girl action figures  


Friday, November 11, 2016

Funda Diken Turkey on her muaythai path to university

Funda Diken, Turkey - I took this photograph just after she won silver at the muaythai EMF / IFMA European Championships, but you can see from her face that she's more thinking she lost gold.

We spoke later, and she said:

Thanks to my success in muaythai I’ve had the privilege of going to university. I feel the sport has done so much for me physically and spiritually.

I started muaythai quite late at 21. At first they said I was female and fragile but I insisted. Just decide on something for yourself, and you can do it.

My dad used to watch martial arts films with me, this made me interested and I used to pretend fight with my friends! Now I’ve had 300 amateur fights.

Now I’m a physical education school teacher. Because of muaythai I have full trust in myself , feel very confident and so happy about how people treat me. I get many nice compliments which I believe I owe to muaythai!

When I travelled abroad I saw muaythai is not only a male sport; there are many female fighters. And there are even females who perform better muaythai than men!

Some people say women must not fight. I believe this is because they themselves lack courage. If someone tells me I shouldn't fight; I answer them by continuing to fight better and trying for more success.

This is part of the Humans of IFMA #humansofIFMA muaythai project
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