Women’s MMA: Don’t Just Think like a Woman, Fight Like One Too

Valentina Shevchenko

Ladies, don’t waste your time relying on the “strength” of a man and kick some butt in your local MMA gym.

The evolution of mixed martial arts is rapidly growing for a good reason – health benefits aside, MMA can teach you so much more. There is no secret to becoming fit and healthy, healthy eating, and regular exercise is a given. But if you want to build your strength to the next level and learn self-defence techniques that will shift your anxiety aside, martial arts are the ideal path to victory.

The male-dominated environment can seem intimidating, but times have changed. Since the birth of the world’s most popular MMA organisation UFC (Ultimate Fighting Champion) providing superstars such as Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko – females around the world are being welcomed onto the martial arts platform without discrimination. In-fact, women and men are having been known to spar each during gym sessions, and it is not hidden that our current women’s UFC champions could kick most men’s asses.

As women are treated equally amongst most MMA organisations, this weekend in Las Vegas will host UFC 255 pay-per-view where the current women’s strawweight champion will defend her crown.

Valentina Shevchenko has been dominating her way through the UFC, and if you are you would like some free money this weekend, you will be happy to know that Bovada bookmakers are offering a price on Shevchenko. A Bovada price of -1400 on the world champion is high, but this is because of the elite skill that Shevchenko possesses.

The Key Benefits for Women Starting MMA

If you are still not convinced that martial arts could change your life, let us ponder on some of the beneficial factors by introducing MMA into your routine.

Health Benefits – The most apparent and perhaps most crucial factor is the health benefits that stem from MMA training.

Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai & MMA striking can burn a significantly high number of calories per minute, throwing strikes achieves multiple health benefits such as an improved cardiovascular, hand-eye coordination and weight loss.

With such a vast amount of choice, mixed martial arts can allow you to train wherever you feel comfortable – but to achieve the best results, entering those places where you feel most uncomfortable will achieve mental health benefits. We can all do with a confidence boost occasionally, but martial arts will give you a life-long confidence through the situations you overcome inside the gym.

You will become mentally and physically stronger through the health benefits, and you could collect yourself a nice pair of abs without even noticing.

Self Defence – In life, we can be put in compromising situations where words can sometimes fail to settle things. Should you be faced with this, training in martial arts will have you one-step ahead both physically and mentally.

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Being alone at night for a woman relieves complete worry once you know how to disable the attack from the untrained. MMA isn’t solely focused on fighting; martial arts promotes love, and self-defence techniques are only recommended in extreme situations where you may not have a choice otherwise.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is known as one of the worlds most popular self-defences, only because it uses force against itself to make your attacker submit from your defensive attacks aka submissions. A 5-foot 2-inch woman would have no trouble putting a 6-foot male to sleep if she is trained in BJJ.

Empowerment – A male-dominated world may not be a thing of the past, but as women fight for their rights each and every day there’s no denying the power of the woman in 2020.

Once you find the addiction in training, loving yourself will be second nature. Your body becomes a temple, and a happier lifestyle is just around the corner. MMA covers all basis inside and outside of the cage/ring.

So, if you’re anxious about attending an MMA class or contacting a personal trainer, remember that you’re not alone in those feelings and conquering said fears could only progress your life.

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