From ridiculous questions to offensive assumptions, women who train in martial arts are often asked questions that have less to do with their actual practice of the disciplines and more with why they would choose such an aggressive sport to participate in. Women are just as capable as anyone else when it comes to performing the challenging moves and delivering the hard hitting strikes of martial arts. The next time you're at the gym, and you encounter a female martial arts practitioner, don't be that person who says one of these offensive or ridiculous things. Searching for the best martial arts training or self defense classes for women in Raleigh in 2018? Call Gracie now to learn more.
I'll take it easy on you.
If you're setting up to spar with a woman, it's because her skill level is the same as yours. Gender has very little to do with how skilled someone is on the mats. Show the same respect as you would to any other fighter in training and prepare for a good match up. Offer feedback and tips based on performance, not gender.
Why don't you pair up with the new girl?
Everyone starts somewhere and having a more experienced martial artist pair up with a beginner is great for both parties. The new person benefits from the experience of the more advanced student and the more advanced pupil gets the chance to hone their technique and build their confidence. Sharing the chance to train new participants is something that should fall to everyone in the class, not just the girls.
Why don't you do something like Zumba?
While Zumba is a great workout, it's not the only workout option women have. Martial arts may be more aggressive and carry a higher risk of injury than a cardio class, but for some women relieving aggression through a productive and positive form like martial arts is precisely what they need. Chances are, that's why you're here too.
You're too small to be an effective fighter!
Martial art techniques are designed to be performed by anyone as a means of self-defense. Regardless of size, anyone can perform these moves successfully and take down opponents of more considerable stature.
Girls who fight are super hot.
Thanks for your opinion but we are here to learn, strengthen and better ourselves. We take our martial arts training just as seriously as the next guy.
Did you start training because your boyfriend does? Does your boyfriend own the gym?
Men are not the primary reason for women to participate in martial arts classes. Yes, some couples do meet at the gym and train together, but not every woman who sets foot on the mat is dating the gym owner or someone in the class.
Is it weird to train with guys?
Aren't we all here to train? There's nothing weird about learning from someone who is more experienced than you and wants to help you improve your technique and build your skills.
Best Self Defense Classes for Women in Raleigh for 2018
If you're a woman who is interested in studying martial arts or want to take self-defense classes for women in Raleigh, we're here to help. Gracie Raleigh has both co-ed and ladies only classes available. Choose where you feel most comfortable to get the martial arts training you want. New students enjoy complimentary classes, and there is something at Gracie Raleigh for the whole family. Learn more by attending a free class or stopping in to see what we are all about. We can't wait to help you begin your martial arts training!