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    Women and MMA/BJJ and Muay Thai

    It's time to start my first own thread :-)

    I often heard of BJJ, MMA and Muay Thai as very effective combat-systems and was interested to try at least one of these. When I surfed some websites of BJJ/MMA schools (besides: they are rare in switzerland and there is none in my home city) I got the impression there are no women whatsoever. Besides, there only seem to be tournament-based trainings. Is it just the schools around here - what experience do you have? Are those MA "too tough" for women? Or is it just me getting a very "macho-ish" impression of those schools?

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    It's more of a case of that kind of thing naturally appealing more to Men then Women. Proof of this is the large number of males that turn up to any Kyokushin tournament to fight as opposed to women.

    Fact is, if you WANT to train hard and learn how to actually defend yourself, then you'll naturally be drawn towards something like what you mentioned.

    Best bet is to just try a place until you find what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eisenheidi View Post
    It's time to start my first own thread :-)

    I often heard of BJJ, MMA and Muay Thai as very effective combat-systems and was interested to try at least one of these. When I surfed some websites of BJJ/MMA schools (besides: they are rare in switzerland and there is none in my home city) I got the impression there are no women whatsoever. Besides, there only seem to be tournament-based trainings. Is it just the schools around here - what experience do you have? Are those MA "too tough" for women? Or is it just me getting a very "macho-ish" impression of those schools?

    Where in CH are you? I train in Zürich but know of some other schools. The girls that train BJJ with me are tough as hell. Though there are only 3 training.

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    I'm in Bern. Zürich is a littlebit far :-)
    I think I found something anyway where they teach Muay Thai and MMA-Grappling. Perhaps worth a try :-) But thanks for your replies!

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    haha ok, I'm on Frota Team, there is a school in bern.

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    you might want to check it out. good luck on your training. More girls on MMA/MT/BJJ is always a good thing.

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    Thanks, I will consider this

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    Most women don't like grappling because training usually involves sweaty men climbing all over them, and the men have a weight and size advantage.

    However from a self defense perspective knowing how to fight off your back and use your legs for example to triangle choke out an attacker is exactly what a woman should know.

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    You could also try asking Elyse, from GringaBJJ. She used to train in Geneva, so might have some contacts from the Swiss BJJ scene.

    If you're looking for general advice for women thinking of taking up BJJ, I wrote something up here, and there is an excellent resources section dedicated to women's BJJ over on BJJ Grrl.

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    First, listen to everything Slideyfoot has to say. He's the patron saint of Noobs over here.
    Second, I caught something in your post which disturbs me slightly:
    Besides, there only seem to be tournament-based trainings.
    Your implication is that you are looking for a more "Self Defense" oriented training. There is no need for that. Those tournament-based schools are the ones that will truly teach you how to handle someone twice your size with a huge strength advantage. you WANT a "tournament-based" school.

    Good luck in your search and I hope you find the perfect school for you!

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    Schicker Name, Heidi! Mach einfach so viele Probetrainings wie möglich, je nach Schule kann der gleiche Kamfsport sehr unterschiedlich sein.

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