Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan’s incredible skill set quickly helped her become a fan favorite on the global stage.
The Malaysian sensation debuted in ONE Championship back in March 2018, and she has made her presence felt in the women’s atomweight division with four sensational victories.
However, as fans became more acquainted with the “Shadow Cat” outside of the Circle, their love for her grew even more.
The 21-year-old Johor Bahru native has relentless energy, humor, and a smile for every occasion, and these traits pushed her to international superstardom.
In this week’s edition of #WomanCrushWednesday, we look at three of the key factors behind the Malaysian athlete’s meteoric rise.
A Female Role Model
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Jihin may stride confidently into the Circle in front of thousands of people in packed arenas all across the world now, but during her childhood, she was an extremely shy individual.
Fortunately, sports started to bring the Malaysian out of her shell in her teens, and then her success in martial arts accelerated the process.
Now, the Ultimate MMA Academy representative is a role model for others, particularly young women, and she is confident enough to speak out and tell them that they can achieve their dreams, too.
A World Champion Martial Artist
Jihin entered the world’s largest martial arts organization as a seasoned competitor, even though she had only taken up martial arts at the age of 16.
The Malaysian’s coach, former ONE Championship athlete Melvin “Overkill” Yeoh, always encouraged his young charge to compete in different styles.
Her crowning glory to date was when she won the FIOGA Wushu World Championship with less than two years’ worth of martial arts training, which showcased her prodigal aptitude for combat.
A Cat Lover
Jihin’s agility and guile certainly helped her to earn the “Shadow Cat” moniker from Yeoh, but the Johor Bahru resident’s love for her feline friends cemented it.
The qualified veterinary nurse has six cats — Olive, Garlic, Snowflake, Shadow Hunter, Peanut, and Kaka. Each one has different characteristics that she loves, but they share the same loyalty and independent streak.
Also, they are not just companions, either. They can be useful training partners when she can’t make it to the gym!
A Greatest Hits Collection
Finally, take a look at some of Jihin’s best action shots in ONE Championship!
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