Why Do So Few Women Participate in Mixed Martial Arts Classes?
Well, it’s a known (unfortunate) fact that women don’t really populate most Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts schools. The VAST MAJORITY of legitimate Martial Arts schools have almost 50 men to 1 woman (1% – 2% of the total student base). You would have better luck trying to find the proverbial needle in the haystack than finding a woman at a Mixed Martial Arts gym …and this makes sense.
What you can expect to find at a “NORMAL” MMA Gym?
- Sweaty stinky hole-in-the wall facility. You don’t want to be training at a place that smells your boyfriend’s gym bag.
- A super-macho *UFC* school atmosphere. You can expect lots of chest-thumping and testosterone – not exactly the most welcoming atmosphere for a novice female.
- A Meat market attitude among the male students. Women are there just for eye-candy.
- Women treated as non-serious students. If you are a woman that *really* wants to get in-shape or learn how to fight, you will be greeted with shock!
- Lack of female training partners. Although training with men can be beneficial to learn how to deal with a stronger opponent, you need to be able to train with other women to get used to the increased flexibility and have the ability to train at 100% effort. But most training centers do not have the numbers necessary to create this type of Womens only training environment.
- Why are so many women BORED with their normal Gym routine?
We get tons of women calling us, wanting a different way to stay in shape. Women always tell us going to the gym is “too boring.” It seems the standard routine is – sign up for a gym membership, try it a few times, and just stop going after the first few days.
This is not unusual.
In fact, industry statistics indicate that 83% of gym members stop going after the first month! Its a very impersonal environment and requires lots of equipment in order to get the best possible workout (which means you have to know HOW TO use the equipment).