More and more women are learning self defense techniques these days, and not just that but they are taking martial arts classes in general more often. It’s not just women, but that is the focus of this article. Think about the times, and think about how important it is to know self defense techniques to keep yourself safe on the streets. You might think that with mixed martial arts being popular these days that women aren’t participating in great numbers, but think about Ronda Rousey.
Many girls out there aspire to be Ronda Rousey. Perhaps you are a teacher of martial arts, and you’re looking at your class wondering how you can get more girls and women to sign up. As mentioned, they’re not just interested in learning self defense techniques, but the martial arts are becoming more popular among women in general. Do you teach mixed martial arts or MMA, or do you teach another form of martial arts?
All types of martial arts are gaining in popularity among women, some more than others. My sister is a black belt and used to teach at the activity center in the town in which she lives. She taught children, but it made me think about something. There needs to be more women teachers out there. It’s inspiring to other women, and some of them might also feel more comfortable training under a woman as well.
If you’re trying to get more women to sign up for your classes, one thing you might want to consider doing is having a separate class for the women. Women also enjoy training with men, but if you can get your class to a respectable size, the women might enjoy themselves more with other women. If you instead have your classes set up as co-ed classes, and you’re not focusing on recruiting more women to train, think about how that would make women feel that do want to sign up for your classes.
Say a woman walks into your facility and is inquiring about taking martial arts classes. After signing up, she shows up and there are 15 men and two women. She’s not likely to feel as comfortable, so that concern is something you need to address if you want more women learning martial arts at your facility. Women these days want to train, and they will find the right facility for them. Is it going to be yours?