Its time I shared with you my new obsession, MMA. MMA or Mixed Martial Arts started off as a bit of a curiosity for me but has fast turned into a passion and I want to help other women get involved.
Why I got into MMA
I’m surprised how many people ask my ‘how’ did I get into MMA and never’why’ I did. Surprisingly, it wasn’t for fitness. Yes I was and still am over my fighting weight, but that didn’t bug me. I got into this because I needed a mindset shift. I know I’m a fighter but in everyday life that fighter wasn’t showing and it felt like I was missing something. Finally at the beginning of 2013 I decided to try MMA as I knew it had that “just get in there and fucking do it” attitude that I needed.
How I got into MMA
Turns out there is an MMA gym around the corner of my house, how convenient is that? I started off going once a week and it was love at first sweat drop! As soon my mommy schedule could be altered, I started going 3 times a week. Then my coaches advised me to start kickboxing, so I was going to gym 5 days a week, 3.5 hours of MMA and 4.5 hours of kickboxing. I love the Jui Jitsu side of things so I’m started one class a week of that and had to drop one kickboxing class.
I need a GI, hopefully this month I’m getting a Scarab GI, so excited! I want to be graded and have just started on my grading prep card. One class a week is frustrating as Jiu Jitsu is awesome and wish I could do it everyday. Right now I’m focusing on getting my kickboxing grading done in September, then I’ll chat to the coaches and see if I can shift focus to Jiu Jitsu or not.
I want to fight. My aim is to be fight ready before March 2014. Part of that challenge is that I need to drop between 8-13kg to fit into an appropriate weight class. I’ve made diet changes and have started a new supplement so hopefully that helps.
For The Ladies
Don’t be scared, most gyms are very welcoming to women, especially if they can see you’re serious. Most also offer 2 weeks free training or at the least, 1 free lesson. Just go for it!
Some great gyms in Cape Town:
Who to follow on Twitter:
Great website to follow: