In the Ring with a Muslim Muay Thai Champion

Not only is Ruqsana Begum one of the best Muay Thai fighters in the world—she’s the only Muslim woman to hold a national kickboxing championship title. She started boxing at the age of 18 and trained in secret for years, fearing that her family wouldn’t approve of her participation in a male-dominated sport. Now, there’s nothing holding her back.


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  1. I am a muslim. and I am a martial arts athlete. I was in muay thai as well (I also learn ju jitsu, tae kwon do, karate, and Pencak Silat). and I using my hijab everyday. even when I swimming.

    so, being muslim women won't stop me from something that I love. sports. 🙂

  2. I know how it feels like to want something so bad and there is always that one person that says "No you can't. Sorry but no." That's my mom. I want to do all of these things. I want to become stronger but my mother is restricting me. But I've been preparing. So once I turn 18, I'm leaving.

  3. interesting story. not what I expect when I hear she comes from a 'traditional Muslim family' — a female Muay Thai boxer who has a degree in Architecture.

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