Fredia Gibbs, from a Taekwondo champ to a Kickboxing monster

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 Fredia "The Cheetah" Gibbs, born on July 8, 1963, is a former American professional martial artist, kickboxer, and boxer who had a successful career from 1975 to 2005. Gibbs made history by becoming the first African-American female Kickboxing ISKA World Champion. She earned the nickname "The Most Dangerous Woman in the World" after a remarkable upset in 1994 against World Champion Valérie Wiet-Henin of France. Throughout her kickboxing career from 1991 to 1997, she had an impressive record of 16 wins, 0 losses, and 15 KOs, along with three world titles.

Her incredible achievements in kickboxing were followed by a successful run as a top contender in women's professional boxing from 1997 to 2005, where she had a record of 9 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. Gibbs' remarkable career also led her to write "The Fredia Gibbs Story" in 2016, sharing her experiences and challenges along the way. 

Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, Gibbs was nicknamed "The Cheetah" during her school years due to her exceptional track performance. She excelled in both basketball and track, earning two athletic scholarships at Temple University in Philadelphia. Despite not making it to the U.S. women's national basketball team, she continued to excel in basketball, playing professionally in Germany.

Her martial arts journey began at Quiet Storm Martial Arts School, where she trained in Jeet Kune Do/Aikido. Gibbs won three world championships in Tae Kwon Do and became a dominant force in the sport while also achieving success in basketball and track. Her dedication and perseverance made her a significant figure in kickboxing and boxing history, leaving a lasting legacy in the world of combat sports.