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  2. Hello my name is kqunara I’m an 18 yr old female and this is my last year in high school and until recently I had no idea of what I wanted to do after high school I planed on suffering through student loans I didn’t have a dream until last summer I was watching MMA on T.V for the first time and I immediately fell in love everything became clear and I knew what I was meant to do with my life there is only one problem I’m very over weight I weigh 337.4 I’ve already start getting shape I started off at 350 so I’m asking if you can give me any advice or anything to help I’ll be very grateful I’m willing to commit my life to this :)

  3. Hi Kqunara,

    Thank you for contacting me. I am glad you are excited about MMA and sounds like you have started to train a little too.

    I am going to be absolutely straight up with you. Do NOT cancel your school plans for MMA. In fact use school as a way to help you get MMA training you need.

    Here’s the deal. It is very expensive $$$ to train MMA (it’s mixed martial arts so it means you need to train in several styles which often means attending more than one gym/academy). At the very least, you will be paying $125 per month in gym fees at a reputable school that teaches some combination of striking (Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing etc) and grappling (wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Sambo). When I was fighting, I was paying over $300 a month in gym fees and had to work a couple day jobs even though I was getting paid to fight, it usually isn’t that much. Add on the general costs of living (rent, food, transportation, supplements) and you are actually losing money. And I hate to break it to you, but female fighters tend to make less than 10% of what their male counterparts make and have about 2% of the opportunities to actually fight that men do. Every pro female fighter I know has at least one day job to support their fighting.

    I am not trying to discourage you from following your dreams, but rather trying to give you a realistic look at how to do this. If you qualify for scholarships and good loans (they give them not just for good grades but also for economic reasons and heritage affiliations), take them! I know doing more school might sound like last thing you want to do, but trust me, college is 100xs better than high school. I HATED high school but it was worth it because I met some of the best friends of my life in college. PLUS, often colleges have classes for boxing, judo, wrestling, brazilian jiu jitsu and more which you can use those student loans to take and I guarantee that it will be WAY MORE cheaper than trying to do it on your own. Once you can get into these classes you will be able to train with other people that are passionate about the sport. I recommend looking into a Judo class and Jiu Jitsu maybe some boxing.

    You are going to be a heavy weight fighter so you need to fight appropriate training partners, big strong dudes will become your good friends and training partners, and if you show you are dedicated and passionate about learning, they will teach you. Doing MMA allowed me to find friends around the world through training at different gyms.

    I hope this all helps. You kinda have to think of your love for MMA like a baby. The baby isn’t going to sweep you off your feet and take care of you. It’s the opposite. You have to take care of your love for MMA, working hard and being smart about how you can get training and take care of yourself. Going to school, figuring out how to get a stable income and way to pay for the training you will need are a part of this.

    Here’s two heavy weight female fighters (200+ pounds) that are pretty awesome:
    http://www.wban.org/biog/msalazar.htm
    http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Lana-Stefanac-16445

    -Shawn

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