100 day blogging challenge, MMA, training, WMMA

Day 90 – Women in Fight Sport

It wasn’t that long ago Dana White, president of the UFC said that women never would find their way to the octagon (unless they dressed down and picked up a sign). As all of us who follows UFC/ Fight Sport knows, this was pre-Ronda Roussey. This women almost single-handed changed White’s mind about female fighters – and he was able to see a superstar in Roussey.
A woman who could both deliver exciting fights and thus keep UFC’s reputation as the ‘most bad as* fight organisation on the planet’ and also appeal to the masses, and of course make money!

Soon (in September) The Ultimate Fighter show will launch again – and this time the house will be full of female fighters! Ronda Roussey and Miesha Tate will be the coaches, and the reality show that got MMA mainstream and in so many ways, was responsible for the huge popularity UFC got (with a special thanks to Stephan Bonner and Forrest Griffin’s epic finale fight), is now being used to promote female fighters to a wider audience.

The big question is (after my humble opinion) how the audience will react to this. I have no doubt the women fighting on the show, will be just as good as their male predecessors. I also believe that the ‘battle’ between Roussey and Tate will be just as entertaining as when Tito Ortiz and Frank Shamrock (S02) clashed, and of course 16 women in the same house, are bound to cause a commotion. If you have any doubts of this, just remember how much the guys were bitching.

However all this doesn’t erase the big question: How will ‘the public’ take to two female fighting each other. Beating each other up – and making each other bleed.

When I first posted about this season of TUF on my Fight Club page (on Facebook), the first response was: Women shouldn’t fight. When asked into the reason behind this mindset, the guy answered: ‘I don’t like to see women beat each other up and bleed and stuff’.
As a former female fighter and professional fight sport reporter my hope is, that this seasons TUF will help the female fighters gain respect and recognition from fight sport fans as the Fight Club fan.
I hope the show will focus on their hard work, their drive, their hope and dreams – and not just on the drama and stupid jokes and situations that the last many TUF seasons have been about.

To get women’s MMA to a higher level, I can see TUF becoming a big step of the way. Unfortunately I can also see the show tear down what female fighters – and the WMMA organisation Invicta have spent years building up. Only time will tell – but for now, I’m just stoked that female fighters are getting their own show – and a platform to show fighting doesn’t have any gender limits.

And I apologize for the delay of my 100 days blogging challenge. Our Internet died, so am now blogging from the nearby cafe.

Blogging, Sport, training

Reasons to train: Are you sexy enough?

Amongst the reasons to train: ‘I want to be sexy’! – Thou no-one spoke the exact words to me yet, phrases like: ‘I like to tone up’, ‘can you help me get toned’, ‘Does it tone me up’, ‘I want to look fit’, could just as well be translated into: ‘Will it make me  look sexy’? Sexy understood as: ‘Delicious fit body’.

And yes, training can make you look sexy. That’s why all the ‘Bikini fit’ challenges are so popular. Cause we know training and diet can sculpt our bodies into the latest fashionably sexy frame. (And if we can’t master it this way, there is always the choice of buying parts).  And – it is important to look sexy – Life is, some will argue, about re-production and re-production is about attracting the best partner. In a more cultural frame, looking good and feeling attractive is a big part of being happy for a lot of people. Whether this is shallow or not, the way we feel about ourselves, does have a huge impact on our moods and happiness.

So besides get to look sexy and attractive, training might also help improve our self-esteem and confidence – which will make us, not only LOOK sexy, but also FEEL sexy.

And this would be my main reason to tell someone to begin training and other to KEEP UP training! To get that ‘I’m sexy and I know it’ feeling. Right in your bones. Not the ‘sexy and I look it’ feeling you get from putting on a wall of make up, do your hair & nails, 12 inch shoes and tight miniskirt. That stuff is gonna make you look sexy ala hiphop videos and ‘working girl’ sexy, but is it there, when you lose the outfit?
Getting the ‘sexy’ feeling from confidence obtained by sweat and hard work in the gym, because you strived for it and kept at it and developed your skills – is a feeling that gonna stay with you, long after the false eyelashes and the disco light is turned off.

This is one of the things, I’ve noticed with ‘my girls’: They start off – often a bit shy and very delicate. Hardly able to punch a bit harder, than one would pet a dog – but then after coming to class regular, the shyness dissolve and a more determined woman appears. And when her body learned how to box a combination where it feels natural or a kick, where she feels her own power – the confidence appears – and the ‘sexiness’ is there.

So besides the ‘burning calories’, ‘getting toned/ fit/ whatever’ – proper training with progression and discipline teaches us how to look our best: When we are our best.

So Be your best version of you and keep growing! It will make you sexy!

Sexy and I know it!

Sexy and I know it!