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BJJMMA2019 · 07/10/2018 21:57

Just that really. Any females here who do MMA/BJJ? Really interested in doing this, mainly for self defence and build my confidence. I'm 28 btw Blush

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Aeroflotgirl · 07/10/2018 22:23

Me, I have been doing MMA for 2 years now, and really enjoy it. It has certainly helped my confidence, and I feel better able to defend myself. If you want to do self defence, Krav Magar courses are very good.

Threadastaire · 07/10/2018 22:52

I do BJJ. Used to do MMA and kickboxing but I got frustrated with the lack of suitable partners at my gym as after a bit it was limiting my learning. Absolutely love BJJ now. Id say go try it! Anything you want to know?

BJJMMA2019 · 07/10/2018 23:17

@Aeroflotgirl are Krav Magar courses in UK? I'm looking to join only females class 

@Threadastaire does it hurt? Blush, not really keen on arm lock, but I like the chokehold submission. Such a useful skill!

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TuMeke · 07/10/2018 23:35

BJJ is the nuts. The fitness and stamina it gives you are incredible, not to mention the skills and confidence. It doesn’t hurt as such, but the fitness demands of sparring can be high so you will definitely know you’ve been training. And of course you can get the odd knock or scrape as it’s a full contact sport :)

Aeroflotgirl · 08/10/2018 07:31

Yes in the uk, my martial arts centre run them. There might be Female only courses Google your local area.

Threadastaire · 08/10/2018 07:45

@BJJMMA2019 when you're training the submissions you put them on slowly and the other person taps when you've got it, so you should be stopping before it hurts or does any damage. As Tumeke said in sparring you notice more but it's not the submissions that tend to hurt. What you notice and have to get used to is pressure - most the time you've got someones weight on you and holding yourself against that really works your core strength, and well, all your muscles really!

Berimbolo · 08/10/2018 08:00

MMA you wear shorts and rashguard. You will learn both stand up and ground game.

BJJ you wear a Gi, and aside from throws and learning take downs, the majority of time is on the ground.

I'm not sure of many female only MMA, but definitely in BJJ (my gym does for example). What area are you OP, perhaps those of us involved in the sport could message you if you're near about where we train so you know of places to try

Justanotherlurker · 08/10/2018 08:48

I do BJJ , not in a female only one though, our Gracie centre is mixed and we have open mat sessions for practice.

BJJMMA2019 · 08/10/2018 09:56

It all sounds so good. Can't wait to get started . Would love to you know what are all your reasons for doing MMA/BJJ? I'm hoping to get to a pro level, not interested in competitions but just want to know everything there is about the sport.

@Berimbolo I'm in East London. I don't mind joining a good gym even if it's in south London, anywhere around London is ok.

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Berimbolo · 08/10/2018 10:35

Define what you mean by pro? Do you mean advanced?
Pro in MMA would be a professional fighter. There are also no grades or belts to MMA so nothing to mark your level like other traditional arts.
In BJJ you'll start as a white belt but it will take years to advance (only 5 belts, white/blue/purple/brown/black). It's a tough art to learn so you'll need patience. It truly is an amazing art to learn though.

In terms of gyms, London shootfighters do MMA and BJJ. Based in E14

Aeroflotgirl · 08/10/2018 18:04

MMA the highest is belt is black, if that is what you are interested in doing.

MotherForkinShirtBalls · 08/10/2018 18:43

Is BJJ suitable for a nearly 40yo fat unfit woman? A couple of years ago I was doing cross training and weight lifting so can build up some level of fitness and would much prefer something like this to going to the gym...

Berimbolo · 08/10/2018 21:04

Mother - yes definitely!

It's very different to crossfit/what your used to. Perhaps have a look on YouTube to see what it's about, but I whole heartedly recommend to anyone and everyone

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MotherForkinShirtBalls · 09/10/2018 11:34

I'll check out the local academy so, thanks for the info.

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