MMA is often viewed as a mostly male sport. Even though women have been competing in MMA since the mid 1990’s, there are few organizations which promote female fights and even organize them. As for now, the UFC does not host female fights but Strikeforce does since 2009 (bought up by Zuffa and there are many rumors about Strikeforce going down and UFC taking over the female divisions).
Japan has always been a major spot for female MMA and in the US, names such as Gina Carano and Cyborg Santos have been around for a while. However, from my perspective, female MMA has never been more popular than now and I believe the biggest reason for this is Rhonda Rousey.
Rhonda is in the first place an amazing fighter and athlete. She also handles the media well, does great marketing and is a great MMA spokesperson.
There is absolutely no reason that female MMA should be considered any less than male MMA. I’m positive many of these women would win over many men in the competitive circuit. It’s about time more money goes into this part of Mixed Martial Arts so these athletes can earn more money, therefore live better, train better and get even better as professional fighters!
At Define Defense, we have a nice solid group of great girls/women training MMA. They give some of our guys a hard time and are tough as nails. It is fantastic to see how they enjoy the very tactical and technical sport of MMA and BJJ and stand their ground. We always have everyone work at their level (while pushing their limits) but do not differentiate between male and female MMA clients. Our female members work as hard as anyone else and make our instructors proud!
Don’t ever let yourself get intimidated by the sport. There is no reason to. Try out a MMA class and see for yourself why it’s such a great sport! It’ll increase your self defense skills, get you in great shape and you’ll have a blast doing it!
By Sander Vanacker, owner, head instructor and personal trainer .
Define Defense in Boulder, CO
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Self Defense Classes & Workshops
- Personal Training
- Cross Training / TRX Classes
1805 11th Street Suite B
Boulder, CO 80302
(720) 340 6254
28/06/12 12:08 Filed in: Martial Arts | Brazilian Jiu Jitsu | Fitness | Strength & Conditioning | TRX / Cross Training
Here is our tentative schedule for the fall of 2012. As you see, all programs have a great selection of classes and class times.
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