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Irina Rodina

About Irina Rodina

Heavyweight judoka star who won a gold medal at the 1999 European Championships.

Early life

She was a star teenager, before breaking onto the scene in 1993 at the European Championships.


She had a brief MMA career, going 3-1 from 1996-2000.

Family of Irina Rodina

She was born and raised in Russia.

Close associates of Irina Rodina

She was part of a Russian contingency at the 2000 Summer Olympics that included basketball player Andrei Kirilenko.

Marina Shafir

About Marina Shafir

Martial artist who is called The Supernova from Maldova. She is a featherweight in the Glendale Fighting Club. She has more than 140,000 followers on her marinashafir Instagram account. 

Early life

She won all five of her amateur games from 2012 to 2014. 


She won her first professional game against Chandra Engel.

Family of Marina Shafir

She has a son named Troy.

Close associates of Marina Shafir

She and Royler Gracie are both featherweight martial artists. 

Janice Hung

About Janice Hung

International Wushu champion as well as actress and commercial model who won gold medals in Tai Ji Quan, Tai Ji Jian, Chang Quan, Swordplay and Spear play at 10 consecutive National Wushu Championships.

Early life

During her school years, she was a good student and also excelled in singing, dancing and acting. She was also a cheerleader, basketball, volleyball and track and field athlete.


As a commercial model, she became a brand endorser for Chevron and Accel, and filmed commercials for McDonalds, a Kung Fu Panda campaign and Nescafe. She acted in a TV series called Rounin and Kung Fu Kids.

Family of Janice Hung

She was born in Manila, Philippines into a Chinese family.

Close associates of Janice Hung

She acted alongside Klea Pineda on a GMA Network series called Encantadia.

Gus Durán

About Gus Durán

Taekwondo teacher who founded the studio 540 Taekwondo. He d post martial arts inspired videos and pictures to his 540tkd Instagram account where he racked up 50,000 followers.

Early life

He began training in martial arts at the age of seven.


He has a side passion for fashion and trends. He was a stunt double for the 1995 film Mortal Kombat.

Family of Gus Durán

He married dance teacher and pilates instructor Kathy Duran. He moved to the United States with his brother Tommy and parents when he was 14 years old. 

Close associates of Gus Durán

He and good friend Noah Fleder have trained together on multiple occasions as they share a passion for Taekwondo and martial arts in general.

Diana Lopez

About Diana Lopez

American taekwondo fighter who took home the bronze medal in the 57 kilogram weight class at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She previously won gold at the World Taekwondo Championships in 2005.

Early life

She won seven straight Junior National titles from 1991 to 1997.


She and two of her brothers became the first set of three or more siblings to become World Champions in any sport.

Family of Diana Lopez

She has three older brothers. Two of them, Mark and Steven, are also Olympic taekwondo competitors. The third, Jean, has coached all three of them.

Close associates of Diana Lopez

She and Paige McPherson are both American women s taekwondo champions.

Daria Bilodid

About Daria Bilodid

Ukrainian judoka who has risen to fame competing internationally, including as the 2018 World Champion in the 48kg weight spanision. She became the then-youngest ever world champion with her victory at age 17. 

Early life

She earned her first medal, a bronze, at the 2017 Hohhot Grand Prix. 


She won gold at the 2017 European Judo Championships in the 48kg weight spanision. She also won the 2018 Paris Grand Slam. 

Family of Daria Bilodid

Her father is fellow judo practitioner Gennadiy Bilodid.

Close associates of Daria Bilodid

She and An Chang-rim both won gold in their respective weight spanisions at the 2018 World Judo Championships.