Should full contact be used in women’s MMA such as UFC?
IF THERE is an argument to be prosecuted, it is that we should be looking to our female juniors and caring for their future.
My feeling is that in the martial arts it is of extreme importance to strive for reality in combat and to this end, contact is mandatory.
Contact to an unprotected body, however, should be limited and as is the case with Silat competitive fighting, shielded by lightweight body armour that distributes the force across the entire torso, allows complete freedom of movement and mitigates the risk of serious damage.
Also in line with Silat fighting, head contact should be taken out of the mix as this presents an enormous danger that cannot be justified.
It is of vital importance that we protect our fighters in every instance and that we instil into our young charges the need to protect them.
We can only do this if they have good examples to follow and to this end I feel that women should not fight in an unprotected full-contact arena such as UFC.
Persilat has held full contact championships successfully for well over 60 years and women have been to the forefront of these championships at all levels. They have proven themselves to be willing, able and ferocious fighters while wearing protective body armour.