There has been a lot of talk of the forum lately as two why girls dont compete more, although I train loads and love sparring and fighting I havent competed in years (most comps were full contact but only very little mma). The main reasons are:
1: Work - Going into uni and shift work with bruises and black eyes etc was fine, but the job that I do now involves a lot of face to face meetings, and I know that there would be more than a few raised eyebrows if I came into the office beaten up. I know there are alternatives such as no ground and pound etc, but I know that I wouldnt be satisfied with doing just that and not going or it 100%
2: The Hubby- He just doesnt get the fighting thing at all, and just worries all the time that I will "get my face smashed in"! The student instructor relationship may be easier for support, but it just doesnt work for everyone.
3: I have encountered some right twats when competing, including having some down right abusive texts etc sent by coaches when I have lost. Not a great why of helping to increase females in the sport.
My office job has also meant that I am way over weight, by 10kgs, and at the moment I am just way to lazy to loose the weight!!
I love womens fighting and enjoy following the girls, and altough the above sounds like a pile of shit excuses I bet a lot of girls will feel the same about some of them.