Saturday, July 30, 2011

Can Mixed Martial Arts Be For Girls?

Our dear friends in Wikipedia describe Mixed Martial Arts or MMA as a full contact combat sports that allow both striking and grappling techniques while standing or while on the ground. Sounds brutal? Hesitant to try? Don’t be. Follow-up questions:

Why should I? Why do people do it?
and ultimately...
Can mixed martial arts also be for girls?
Many people want to learn mixed martial arts for defensive purposes and this is a very good reason. Just like learning anything else, persistence and commitment are required. The nice thing about each of them is that you can start learning this regardless of your age—and gender!

Mixed martial arts consist of various techniques. Examples of these include tae kwon do, karate, judo, aikido, jujitsu and a lot more. Nothing can stop you from learning more than one martial art. In fact, the more you know the better because each technique has strengths and weaknesses. If you know what and how these are done, you can exploit the styles and use them to your advantage.

Acquiring the skills and adaptability needed for a successful mixed martial arts endeavor is to learn one technique and then moving on to another. When you know the system and key, the trick is to know when you switch from one style to the next, especially when the need calls for it. And if you are practicing this “art of switching” regularly, what you do is already automatic.

Aside from self-defense and exercise, what else will you get from learning mixed martial arts? Well, you'll have:
  • Confidence
  • Good work out
  • Fitness
  • Endurance
  • A good sense of balance and coordination

    and the list goes on.
Of course, there are other sports that allow you to do and benefit from the same thing. But if you are interested in surviving great challenges and experiencing something out of the ordinaire or have something to boast about (ahem), then there is no harm in giving it a try!

When you become a Mixed Martial Arts practitioner, you will be in for just two things: either be the plain jack or jill of all trades in martial arts (which is okay) or the expert of all.