Whether she’s the 130 lb girl in muay thai class kicking higher than you every think you can get, or that girl who whether she’s in or out of a gi seems to be a walking dictionary of grappling technique, that female who always seems to be at the gym can be a wealth of not only knowledge but training that may just help you get to that next level, or tighten your game even more.
1. Touch Your Toes
The first place those females around the gym can help you is with your flexibility. Generally while males have the ability to build much more muscle, they start to lose their flexibility. Females stay more flexible throughout life and she may have some pointers. The more flexible you are the less issues you have with tearing tendons and ligaments, the higher your kick can get, and the more techniques on the ground you are able to do (think rubber guard, de la Riva, etc…)
2. Details Details Details
How often does your girlfriend, mother, sister catch things you completely miss? How many more dates do they remember, notice when the smallest thing change like your hair or soap. If she catches and remembers the most obscure things in every day life how often do you think she may catch a detail in a technique you may have not seen?
3. Different movements
The smaller a person is the faster they usually move. A female is probably going to be smaller and will move and react differently than a male. Trying to control someone and train with someone who doesn’t move as expected will give you a new set of possibilities.
4. Use your Technique
With a female and any other smaller opponent it should become less about strength and more about your technique. Since you have to worry less about them using their strength, your chance to work technique and use less strength helps your game grow. Besides they will be happy you have only decided to use technique as well.. It makes the exchange better.
5. Tighten your game.
Working with a female will help tighten your game because when their size comes into play you need to keep yourself tighter to erase the gaps. Working to keep tight on a small opponent will work to keep you tighter on a bigger opponent.