August 25, 2013
Interview: MMA Fighter Marina Shafir
TGR runs plenty of stories on wrestling, usually pro wrestling. In fact, we expand to boxing from time to time with stories on various boxers like Yuri Foreman and Dmitry Salita. But meet Marina Shafir. One of the toughest women I know...well sort of know. She is a MMA fighter looking to make an impact. Below is her story. Pay attention because she is going places.
1) Tell TGR a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Sorrocca, Moldova. I have 2 older brothers, my mom is a seamstress and my dad was a mechanic. My family moved to the United States in 1993. I'm not sure if it was the synagogue or a Jewish community, but we got help getting an apartment and my parents got an English teacher. As a kid, I was always outdoors. My mom was guaranteed to deal with knotted hair, dirt under my fingernails, and bruises EVERY WHERE. I didn't speak a lick of English but playing was universal. I started judo at the age of 6. Nothing too serious, just an activity to keep me busy (plus it was the cheapest sport my family could afford at the time). I competed until I was around 19, I just fell into depression after hurting my lower back (also the traveling and competitions were not cheap, on top of getting hurt I didn't want to put my family into anymore debt). I bartended and worked at starbucks for a while which seemed to be the perfect combination, until i decided to start training again. Aside from the training stuff, I have an urban style, an obsession with sneakers, I love to cook, I have a weird obsession with old school Kung Fu movies and mornings are my jam!
9) Where can the TGR fans find you?
On twitter and instagram @marinashafir
Thank you to Marina. Good luck and watch out for her new show!
And Let Us Say...Amen.
- Jeremy Fine @RabbiJeremyFine