How do you feel about women entering men's divisions?
Have run in to a problem with the UMA over this. Basically, I've got a girl entered in the event (-65kg womens) but so far there no other women in it so she asked if she could do the men's -65kg novice and they said no.
There are 3 options and I don't understand why they won't go with the obvious one....
Option 1: She fights ANY women who shows up, no matter what their experience or size. This could quite easily be a very unfair match up but obviously she'll do it as that's why she entered.
Option 2: Create a mixed pool with guys who will fight her. She's agreed to this too but surely only guys who are very confident they'll beat her will choose to do it and fighters shouldn't get to choose who they fight in an open tournament.
Option 3: She enters the men's -65kg so has a chance to fight against people to same size and experience level. They won't allow her to do this.
This problem has arisen because I had the only girl fight in their last event too and they asked the guys if they'd fight her and they said no.
I understand if the organisers just don't want to have mixed divisions, that is 100% their choice. But if they will let her fight blokes then why only ones who choose to fight her because they are confident they'll beat her?
I've competed against women and have no problem with it. In fact, just about the hardest person I've grappled in competition was ADCC competitor Rachel Wheatley.