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AKIPRESS.COM - Women shooting a bow and arrow with their feet were definitely a highlight of the World Nomad Games held in Kyrgyzstan 3 times.
We talked to 4 hard-working, strong, cool and talented Kyrgyz women about how it feels to be a stunt woman in a society where some people don't hesitate to tell them that stunts are not for women.
I was born in Naryn region in 1996 and loved riding horses since my childhood. I'm into the professional stunt performance for 1.5 years. I had a huge interest in what I am doing after the 2nd World Nomad Games in 2016, that's how I came to the federation. It took me some time to convince the trainers to admit me into the group, because I really wanted it.
I started working out a lot and achieved my goal: I was admitted to the group this year.
Stunt performance is a lot of fun for me and a lot of hard work at the same time. I'm an actor and a good actor must know how to do anything.Last but not least, I am a Kyrgyz. We are the nomads. That explains a lot.
Stunt performing requires a lot of muscles, you must have really strong feet, hands, torso. We do stunts on horseback. Men are usually assigned to perform the most difficult stunts: falling, jumping, drifting and even burning. I like archery and kyz kuumai (literally "girl chasing", equestrian traditional sport).
The first thing I learned in the federation was jamby atmai (mounted archery). You shoot while riding a galloping horse and try to hit the target.
I am in the films since 6. The first movie I was in was directed by famous filmmaker Ernest Abdyjaparov. Film industry helped me to get into the federation and I became a stunt performer to improve my actor skills. It's really cool for an actor to perform all the stunts on their own without a double. Stunts are about new feelings. I feel life.
But the stunts are also about traumas. I fell off a galloping horse just two days before the World Nomad Games and got an injury. Ambulance arrived and took me to hospital, where I stayed for 2 days. I lied to trainers that I was OK and left the hospital while doctors were away.
I thought trainers were disappointed in me, because we prepared a lot for the World Nomad Games opening withstanding all challenges: freezing in the mountains, sweating in the hot weather, but at the end all that I could do was just lying in a hospital bed.
But in reality, trainers told me that they felt very guilty that I got this injury. It turned out that the horse I was riding that day was trained drifting a day before the accident. So it did a reflex stunt. Thanks God I only received non-life threatening back injury. I rather received a life lesson: horse riding is not a trifle.
Majority of people I met told me stunts are not for women, it's the men's job. I was criticized by my relatives when I just started doing it. Everyone was against me doing stunts, but I did not care what they think and just did what I wanted. As a result, those who reproached me in the beginning started congratulating me when I received an award.
Sometimes there were times when I asked myself why I need this, but doubts vanished immediately when I showed up for the trainings. Trainers motivate me a lot, they are professionals, disciples of great stunt performer Usen Kudaibergenov.
My parents are circus performers. My mom came to circus thanks to the sports career and my dad is a graduate of the Moscow Circus School, he is a gymnast. I decided to follow their footsteps.
I love adrenaline and extreme sport and I love horses, that's why I joined the federation of stunt performers named after Usen Kudaibergenov.
I am a graduate of law school, a social and cultural activities manager. Today I work as an actor of the Kyrgyz State Circus. Circus is my passion and life.
I perform different stunts, one of my go-to stunts is shooting a bow with my feet. My stunt made it to the Book of Records of Europe and Kyrgyzstan. My job is about a lot risks, because I don't use safety wire.
The most serious trauma I received was during the circus performance: I was performing an aerial hoop and fell down. Rehabilitation took 2 years, and doctors told me that I could end up never walking again. I moved in wheelchairs and with crutches. Thanks to my strong will and relatives support, I could walk and even return to my profession.
My relatives and friends worry about me, but they always support me whatever I decide to do in my life.
My job also helps me to stay fit. I train a lot, my lifestyle is very active. I encourage the readers to devote at least 30 minutes a day to workouts.
My uncle is the one who brought me to stunt performance. He is a professional stuntman. In 2016, he invited to join the World Nomad Games group of performers, because they needed more female artists. I agreed.
Stunt performer is not a profession, it's a lifestyle. It requires full dedication. We train in gyms most of the time, work out the stunts and elasticity. Then we train on horseback.
My mom supports me whatever I do, but of course she worried about me, because it's very dangerous and risky job.
Luckily, I never had serious injuries.
My dad was against my participation in the World Nomad Games as a stunt performer, but I did it anyway. Relatives and friends were really proud of me.
I can do two trick riding, one is lying transverse on a galloping horse.
Stunt women mostly perform in kyz kuumai sports. I performed in the World Nomad Games in 2016 and 2018.
Participating in various events and being a member of the federation is very important for me, but education comes in the first place for me.
Thanks to active trainings, I lost excess weight and stay fit.
In 2016, I lost 8 kg in 3 weeks of training for the 2nd World Nomad Games.
My job sparks a lot interest in young people, they get inspired and ask me a lot of questions.
My job does not take all my entire time; I study, train and have time for a rest, too.
I love horses and that's why I am into equestrian sport. I love spear duel: during the fight, my head is fully covered and when I defeat my rival and I take off my helmet, people get always surprised.
Stunt is an adrenaline for me and a lot of fun. I don't feel anxiety during training. Audience help us come out.
Relatives and friends always sport us, motivate and compliment.
I dreamed to be on TV since my childhood and participated in many beauty pageants. Being a model is not easy, too.