Rising to the upper echelon of the DWW female wrestling world involved applying elite wrestling skills, tenacity, drive, the ability to withstand pain, mental toughness, pacing and taking advantage of slight openings. What is often not mentioned but was frequently a true barometer of ascension, flat lining or decline is a competitor’s ability to escape vise like holds.

No one did it better than Luzia the great.

No one needed to improve more than the star of our story, Emanuella.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, dwwgalaxy.com photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, dwwgalaxy.com photo

In a long line of beautiful Czech Princesses who competed admirably, Emanuella’s resume certainly spoke to success. Her laundry list of DWW warriors that she met in battle includes Anni, Anastasia, Luna, Pamela, Miriam, Petra, Eva N, Vanessa, Yvonne, Mary Ann, Gloria, Nikita, Nina, Ingrid, Mel, Jenny, Tessa, Marketa, Leslie, Anita P, Lucille, Pernilla, Mariella and others.

She was widely admired prompting one fan to express this about her. “She’s such a lovely person and her fitness and her ambition for winning are in a perfect and professional way as only true sportswomen got it. Besides that she’s outstandingly beautiful.”

I agree with all of that.

The true measure of coming close to or being a part of the tribal leaders is if at least once or twice you can defeat the competitor by rights you are not supposed to.

Emanuella earned her stripes by at least twice defeating super star and sometimes toughest bully on the block, Luna. She defeated the always formidable Anastasia as well.

That is the good news.

The challenging news was when Emanuella lost, including frequently to Luna; often the scores were lopsided which could speak to many things such as a lack of mental toughness. In Emanuella’s case after reviewing her matches I would not draw that conclusion. She could hang in there with the best of them and not give up on the battle. Her weakness seemed to be in upper body strength and escape techniques.

So much of escape is not just about mental toughness but the maximization of the human spirit. It’s about resolve and pushing our untapped talents to the limits. We all have the innate ability to survive and escape but we may not know it until the moment comes to truly test it.

My persistence here regarding the subject of escape lies in the meaning of Emanuella’s name. In Hebrew the name means faith.

Our favorite naming site sheknows.com provides more depth and perhaps this may apply to Emanuella. They surmise, “People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.

They are excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning. They tend to be mystics, philosophers, scholars, and teachers. Because they live so much in the mind, they tend to be quiet and introspective, and are usually introverts. When presented with issues, they will see the larger picture. Their solitary thoughtfulness and analysis of people and world events may make them seem aloof, and sometimes even melancholy.”

It’s intriguing to me that of all of the nations in the heavily religious European Block that the Czech Republic is categorized as one of the least religious countries in Europe.

At Female Competition International, we not only want to promote the competitors and our great industry but also educate our readers as well.

Let’s temporarily escape and travel to the Czech Republic and look into this.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

It’s enlightening what aspects of the world open up to us as long as we’re willing to expand our minds to slide the door ajar. The following information found at the informative news site theguardian.com was very revealing about religion in Emanuella’s home country.

“It is often argued that the Czech Republic is one of the most secular countries in the world. This claim is usually based on the sociological surveys and census data which show that only a small proportion of Czechs goes regularly to church and that most of the Czech Republic’s population does not report even a formal affiliation to any church.

The apparent lack of interest in traditional forms of Christianity is accompanied by the massive popularity of what sociologists call “invisible” or “alternative” religion and what could be best described as a belief in magic. Czechs may not be very enthusiastic churchgoers but many of them easily accept the idea that fortune-tellers can predict the future, lucky charms bring good fortune or that the stars might influence their lives.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

Even though the total number of evangelicals and charismatics is small, some of these denominations have multiplied their membership several times in the 10 years between the last two censuses.

Weak support for traditional church religion is partly a legacy of Czech nationalism of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century and its interpretation of the country’s religious history. Catholicism, which was the major religion at that time, was seen as an Austrian import that forcibly replaced the “true” religion of the Czech nation – Protestantism.

The denunciation of the Hapsburg monarchy and German language and culture thus included also a rejection of the Catholic faith. Nationalist anti-Catholic arguments appealed to many Czechs even though most of the population remained formally affiliated to the Roman Catholic church.”

It’s always best to secure two sources for credibility and there is no better a credible source than Wikipedia who weighs in the subject as well. “Religion in the Czech Republic was dominated by Christianity until at least the first half of the 20th century; since then it has steadily declined and today the Czech Republic has one of the least religious populations in the world.

Historically, the Czech people have been characterized as “tolerant and even indifferent towards religion”. According to the 2011 census, 34.2% of the population stated they had no religion, 10.3% was Roman Catholic and 10.2% followed other forms of religion both denominational or not. 45.2% of the population did not answer the question about religion. From 1991 to 2001 and further to 2011 the adherence to Roman Catholicism decreased from 39.0% to 26.8% and then to 10.3%.

According to a Eurobarometer Poll in 2010, 16% of Czech citizens responded that “they believe there is a God” (the lowest rate among the countries of the European Union), whereas 44% answered that “they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force” and 37% said that “they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God or life force”.

As someone who used to be a leader in an International Faith Based Organization, my experience in speaking with others about religion is that it could be argued that it is a form of escapism for those who have difficulty addressing the challenges of life’s harsh realities and their own personal deficiencies.

It’s much easier to believe that a higher power will eventually solve all of the world’s problems instead of rolling up your sleeves and teaming with others to take steps to try and find solutions in the present.

In terms of personal deficiencies it’s easier to turn your life over to a higher power instead of looking in the mirror, accepting responsibility for your mistakes and weaknesses; then develop a plan to learn from the former without blaming others and shore up the latter, even if you have to climb that mountain alone.

Emanuella had many strengths and fantastic qualities but it was her mild weakness in her inability to escape various holds that seemed symbolic of the village that helped form her.

fciwomenswrestling.com article, dwwgalaxy.com photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, dwwgalaxy.com photo

An Ice Skater as a youth and coach as an adult, her passion for the sport helped Emanuella develop strong legs for effective body scissors. She was exceptional in applying that.

It was nice to visit Emanuella’s DWW memory in that it temporarily provided me with an opportunity to escape into a world of her beauty joined by her exceptional wrestling abilities.

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Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling.com, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, https://femcompetitor.com, theguardian.com, dwwgalaxy.com, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/jun/24/czech-republic-religious-atheism

http://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/name/emmanuella

http://www.popmatters.com/post/171709-the-10-greatest-escape-movies-of-all-time/