Jab, cross, hook and uppercut; commands you can hear an instructor scream out to his Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning class.
A class that would presumably be dominated by male members — is not.
The MMA skill-based conditioning class offered through the Washington State University Student Recreation Center (UREC) offers students a slight glimpse into what has been called one of the fastest growing sports in the country, according to the UREC website.
The class teaches participants determination, speed, agility, coordination and technical skill through various punch and kick combinations, as well as high intensity interval training.
While most female students would normally stick to the typical Zumba or yoga class, it seems that this semester, women are becoming more and more interested in stepping face to face with an opponent and fighting it out to the end.
Throughout the world of professional MMA, more and more females have been picking up and perfecting the sport.
Former Olympian and current Strikeforce bantamweight title contender Ronda Rousey is gaining notoriety and has been called the new face of Women’s MMA. Miesha Tate, Rousey’s upcoming opponent and current holder of the Strikeforce bantamweight title, is gearing up for the first all-female MMA Card, which will be held in Brazil.
Both Tate and Rousey have taken the sport of MMA, in some way, to greater heights with all of their accomplishments.
In a recent interview for Cagewriter.com, Tate and Rousey did an interview where they discussed, not only their upcoming fight against each other, but also the progression of women in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
Tate said she and Rousey are excited to try and continue to bring more attention to the sport as a whole.
As more and more women become more comfortable with their urge to fight, whether it be just for fun or professionally, I think that you will also consequently see more females in the male-dominated fitness classes at the SRC.
Who knows, maybe one day soon, we will be able to see a co-ed fight on the television screen when watching a MMA or UFC fight. Or maybe even an event or two here on the WSU campus.