Female influence in MMA and other martial arts has been greatly on the rise in last few decades. Only15 years ago, there was almost no female practitioners in some martial arts school. The number has since risen up to 50%, even in martial arts like Muay Thai and mixed martial arts that are considered to be very tough sport. Women’s MMA fighters even have their own Wikipedia page.
This is a positive change and also proof that female fighters are as capable and fearless as men. It also brings new and different dimension to MMA matches that used to predominately have only male fights. It was a slow start and sometimes a struggle to include female fights because there was very little interest in female MMA. Today, many shows in Japan and America have female matches regularly.Mixed martial arts training is exactly the same for women and men, there are no differences. It is hard and tough, lots of sweat and tears but results are speaking for themselves. However, female martial artists have not yet achieved such success as men. It is still predominantly male sport.
Let’s not be naive, there are still many people, not just men but also parents, other women and different societies that don’t approve this as a sport suited for a woman. Many of them are underestimating female martial arts abilities and they are stuck with some old believes.
Female involvement in the mixed martial arts does not make a woman less feminine. Actually, they are more because they feel more confident and have less fear of physical danger. It empowers them. MMA, or not, it is a change in good direction, positive one; more people are getting involved in martial arts every day. Slowly but surely, all the benefits of martial art training are being recognized by lots of people; a healthy lifestyle, building of self-esteem, learning of new techniques, raise of confidence and better management of stress.