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'Little Tiger' of Japan treads samurai path to Muay Thai fame

Miyauchi has six world titles in Muay Thai but insists the true mark of a champion is how they behave outside the ring.
She looks to the moral code of Japan's ancient samurai warriors for spiritual guidance.


A PINT-SIZED Japanese woman with a humble, Zen-like philosophy is taking kickboxing by storm, battering rivals to become a world champion in the violent Thai martial art.

Ayaka Miyauchi, a former dentist's assistant who goes by her fighting name "Little Tiger", has captured