Indian woman bodybuilder Kongbrailatpam Rebita was a wushu champion, joined bodybuilding to beat opponents in wushu fights! She is a multi games player!
“I was a wushu player and won several medals. I shifted to bodybuilding to improve my body and make myself strong. In my wushu semi final fight in 3rd Asian Indoor Games 2009, i found my opponent Chinese fighter very strong and well built. She did not look well built at first as she was wearing jacket before the fight but when she opened her jacket and came up to the fight arena, she was just amazing! Having backgrounds in boxing and taekwondo, i was not afraid of her. Not at all! But my attacks could not penetrate her defence. It is not that i did not fight well, but she was too strong and well built. She had a muscular body and was stronger than me in physical challenge. I lost to her and she finally won gold medal and i had to settle for bronze medal in the games. After that i thought a lot and wanted to fight her again.”
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The multi martial artist continued, “since then, i had a strong desire to make my body strong and muscular. I realized the need to have muscular body in combat sports. When i went back to Manipur, i decided to join gym. After joining gym, my body improved a lot. Then my gym instructor was stunned to see my muscular body which improved in quick time and inspired me to concentrate on my new sport. Since women’s bodybuilding in Manipur and India was too young, my instructor inspired me to contribute in the new game instead. So till now, i am into this women’s bodybuilding and will contribute as much as i can” said Manipuri woman bodybuilder Kongbrailatpam Rebita.”
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This is the story how Kongbrailatpam Rebita turned from a wushu fighter to a woman bodybuilder. In wushu, Rebita achieved a lot. She won gold medal at the Senior National Wushu Championships 2012, Jammu and Kashimir in women’s 70kg sanshou fight. She won a bronze medal for India at the 3rd Asian Indoor Games 2009 which was held in Vietnam.
Interestingly, after she turned into a bodybuilder, Rebita became more successful. She started achieving more and more medals in the new game. She won gold medal at the 45th Senior, 39th Junior, 21st Master, 10th Physically Challenges and 3rd Women Fitness Championships 2011 in 160cm above category. She competed and got 5th positions in 4th and 5th editions of WBPF World Bodybuilding and Physiques Sports Championships held in 2012 and 2013 respectively which were held in Thailand and Hungary. And she won her first world championships medal in the 6th edition of the championship. She won bronze medal for India in 6th WBPF World Bodybuilding and Physiques Sports Championships which was held at Mumbai, Maharastra in 2014. She later won bronze medal at the 49th Asian Bodybuilding Championships 2015, Tashkent in Uzbekistan in women’s 49kg above category.
Infact she is an all rounder sports person. She has touched several sports and won several medals. She was a gymnast, taekwondo player, a boxer and a wushu champion before being a bodybuilding champion. Besides the talents in sports, she has other entertaining talents and won several prizes in singing, dancing and mimicry!