Foreign and domestic are becoming more and more intertwined as the Russian and Ukrainian population continues to soar in America.
As reported on May 2, 2018 by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, “The number of asylum applications by Russian citizens in the United States hit a 24-year high in 2017, jumping nearly 40 percent from the previous year and continuing an upward march that began after Russian President Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012.”
Fortunately they seem to be seamlessly blending into American society.
In our competitive female submission wrestling industry we were first introduced to this interesting community through the Black Sea Amazons (BSA) who fiercely fought for DWW.
Our impression of that 1990s DWW time period was that compared to the rest of the female submission wrestling industry, the DWW Girls were the toughest. But watching the BSA girls battle it out in the ring as they kicked, punched and wrestled one another, they were frightening.
We even wondered why there was a need for that type of action in the DWW venue since it appeared to be so bloody and violent.
Little did we know that those BSA girls were way ahead of their time and were the forerunners to the global female MMA craze that continues to rise in popularity in our submission world, the lady pro world and after the freestyle girls graduate from their respective universities, the most popular option to compete professionally is in the MMA industry.
She has trained in and is currently competing in professional Muay Thai and kickboxing, but sees a great future for herself in women’s professional MMA circuit.
Popular and gorgeous, Juli taught dance classes around the world and was a fashion and beauty consultant. She also taught classes and wrote blogs posts about hair, fashion, as well as similar subjects concerning women’s beauty.
On January 25, 2017 the group at middleeasy.com praises, “If 21-year old Russian fighter Juli Firso achieves great things one day, remember this post. Unlike traditional sports the combat sports of boxing, pro wrestling and MMA, athletes often need an” it” factor to get the push they deserve.”
Juli absolutely has a very high “it” factor.
When she was in Thailand participating in a photo shoot at a boxing class, she wanted to give Muay Thai a try. She fell in love with the sport and eventually accepted her first fight without any formal sparring. As a result, Juli was surprised and beaten badly, but was motivated to come back stronger after.
Now we know how the BSA girls felt.
Those were the days my friend we’d thought they’d never end but as the expression goes, good things always do.
Three extreme fights: – from DWW Event March 1998: Rada K. (21) vs. Lessja R. (20), Svjeta L. (23) vs. Natalia S. (27), Tatyana K. (25) vs. Yulia (21)
“The Black Sea Amazons extreme fighting group visited DWW’s March 1998 Event and showed off their uncompromising ferocity. Lessja is a head-turning beauty whose quiet control always turns into the rage of a tigress as she steps through the ropes. Rada gets a very black eye and lots of other bruises, while surviving a hair-pulling ordeal that leave you incredulous.
Medical student Svjeta L. is very competitive: she pulls hair with abandon. Tatyana K.’s taekwondo experience is put to a very severe test by Yulia’s punching speed. Neither expects quarter, neither gives any. These fights are as real as it gets, from girls who can really fight. A video for fans of lengthy hair pulling, head scissors and ground fighting.”
The BSA girls never give a quarter or any amount for that matter.
In terms of film we had an early glimpse of beautiful maidens from the Black Sea region battling it out in the James Bond classic, From Russia With Love.
During his journey he meets up with a Gypsy caravan where two young gorgeous girls are going to fight for the love of a prominent young man.
Time for a closer look at that part of the world that is a mystery to so many.
As we know the Danube region is home to our DWW beauties.
About a third of Europe drains into the Black Sea, including the countries of Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
This major inland sea is bordered by six countries — Romania and Bulgaria to the west; Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia to the north and east; and Turkey to the south. Additionally, it is impacted by another 10 nations through the five major rivers that empty into the Black Sea, the largest of which is the Danube River.
A group that knows a little more about the region, marineinsight.com educates, “One of the most intriguing facts about the Black Sea is its anoxic water. Precisely, there is a significant absence of oxygen in the water. The Black Sea happens to be the largest water body with a meromictic basin, which means the movement of water between the lower and upper layers of the sea is a rare phenomenon to find anywhere in the world. This makes a considerable temperature difference between these layers along with making the lower layers absolute free of oxygen and hence, inactive.
The water level in the Black Sea remains same all the time because of the absence of any high or low tides. This gives the sea no fluctuation in the water level, keeping it as a calm, quiet and serene sea on the surface.”
Sounds calm and majestic.
The global travel leaders at Lonely Planet love the region as well and add, “A long summer from June to October gives rise to pleasant weather, plenty of sunshine and a warm sea. Several resort towns dot the sometimes-rugged coast, the best known being Sochi, host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics.”
As the Soviet population continues to gain prominence in the West, bringing beauty and toughness into the MMA world, we’ll always cherish how that discipline was brought to us in the early DWW years during the 1990s through the beautiful and incredibly tough Black Sea Amazons.
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