Ultimate MMA… For Females?

Last week I got a boat load of feedback from fighters and MMA practitioners about their experiences with the Ultimate MMA S&C program.

One email I got in particular piqued my curiousity

The email came from someone named Ursula.

Turns out my Ultimate MMA S&C program was being used by a female mixed martial arts fighter in preparation for a fight, for the first time to my knowledge [if there are any other females out there using my program or who have used my program, hit me up].

Here’s the original email from MMA fighter Ursula Marshall, unedited, albeit for a few line breaks thrown in for readability:

"Hi, thank you so much for this fantastic program, I am now six weeks out from my next fight and have already seen results. I currently work at a MMA Centre in small town Whakatane, New Zealand (originally I'm from Nova Scotia).

It started out as a BJJ club a few years back in a little shed and is now a proper MMA Gym in which i found my dream job lol, I only started my martial art training 3 years ago and little did i know then it would become my life :-)... I have the benefit of pretty much living at the gym, and i was spending 3 to 4 hours 5 days a week on my strength and conditioning plus classes every night, it was leaving me constantly shattered.

I love that you breakdown the science behind the workout, it is easier to stick to the set schedule and rest properly when you know why you're doing it. Although it's hard not to jump on with the girls I've got onto it and do the work out way more than twice a week, I've been trying hard to stick to the schedule but I always do the back stretch and stability squat.

I really love that stability squat, I suffered a bad knee injury just under a year ago at my last/first fight(on you tube, search Tee vs Ursula you can hear my knee tear 4mins in) and my leg strength just hasn't been the same since and doing those everyday has helped wake up some muscles that were insistent on sleeping.

I feel like I'm slacking because of how much I've cut out of my strength and conditioning but rolling last night I felt more solid than ever, even one of the guys I was rollin with noticed.

Thanks again for putting together such an amazing program I'll let you know how my fight goes :)"

- Ursula Marshall, New Zealand

Of course I looked up her fight. You really can hear her knee pop at 4:00 in if you crank up the volume and listen closely. Click here to watch her scrap on YouTube.

I’d actually lost the original email she sent me, so asked her to resend it with any other additional feedback, which she provided here:

“I have much more energy for my classes at night now that I don’t spend hours and hours on conditioning, it leaves me more focused which helps in many ways. I also have more energy to get stuff done around the house which the other half appreciates lol…”

So that’s the Ultimate MMA S&C Program in a nutshell. 

It improves your strength, conditioning, power and endurance, while taking less time than you expect and giving you more energy for your MMA training, or whatever other stuff you’ve gotta do.

If you’re not following the program, well, I don’t know why you wouldn’t.

 

 

 

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Ursula
Ursula

Wow I forgot about this write up chur Eric I’ve been off training for two years about to start back up but was lacking motivation so I convinced some mates to join with me by showing them some of my old videos when I stumbled upon this it did more than just make me smile was that last little kick in the ass I needed to get back to it and there’s only one way to go about it follow the training guides Eric Wong has enriched us with

Vince
Vince

Maybe it’s cuz we’re far away, but I love it when NZ gets a special post like this. I also use Eric’s programs and win or lose, I know they help me a lot.
I don’t think I really like a bloody slugfest between women, but in saying that, many of the recent fight events I’ve been to that have women fights on the cards have turned out, in my opinion, the most exciting fights of the night. They also seem to be improving (here in nz from what I’ve seen) quite a bit now, as more seem to be getting involved.
I guess there are also people who don’t understand fight sports at all and this is a similar thing that we are just not used to seeing women brawl it out, but I am definitely not against it. Takes a lot of courage to get in that ring

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas

It’s actually WMMA that got me hooked. I used to think that the UFC was just a bunch of unregulated fighting in a cage. What opened my eyes and interest to MMA was watching Japanese WMMA. The first vid I saw was a highlight reel for Satoko Shinashi. Those Japanese girls had a ton of technique and allowed me to start learning the basics of what MMA is. Once I understood what they were doing, I understood what I was seeing in the UFC.

J Luis Rodriguez
J Luis Rodriguez

Wha Up my friend EW ! Ok talking about MMA for females I see it like this; in the MMA world there are two kinds of fans, those who just love to watch fights with a lack of understanding in the true game (and get impressed with anything or over react for everything) and those who are practitioners and have understanding of what is all about, those fans are very demanding and criticize because we know a good fight or recognize a good fighter. So in my case if i dont see good technique in a fight (standing and on the ground) for me is a bored fight and dont watch it, because as a practitioner I love to pick up some moves or techniques of course. My point is that the female world into MMA is very young and its gonna take a while to get well rounded fighters… Read more »

Tom
Tom

Hi Eric One thing I must say is that Ursula Marshall certainly has the heart and desire as show in her fight, The thing I don’t like is seeing MMA fighters Male or Female is going in the ring with basically no understanding of – stand up and I see this so much in many of the MMA fighters who are starting out, Ursula has the ground game understanding and if she had the stand up ( Boxing ) ( Hands ) it would make her whole game so much stronger and also so much more confident in her fights, I work with Boxers and some MMA fighters on Boxing skills and it is not something you learn overnight , Which some people think ! It is just like any other sport where it takes time to understand the basics and master them , Just like with Ronda Rousey her… Read more »

Ursula
Ursula

cheers for the kind words, I agree with you about the stand up side of things. The stand up part has been a stuggle for me so I have put in a lot of hard hours trying to get my boxing/muay thai skills up to another level, knowing that it is just as important as my ground game. Heres hoping it shows in my nxt match 🙂

Martin
Martin

Hi Eric, been a customer of yours for a little while – I have your programme on Python Grip Strength and Quickness, I may have not got the Titles correct, here. Sorry, – good programmes and I learned a lot from them, thanks…. Anyhow, I digress….. To be honest it upsets me and I find it quite offensive and distressing to see two beautiful women beat each other up in a full contact, real MMA boubt. I don’t want to see any of them hurt themselves…… and I have to disagree with those who advocate this sport. I believe that women should or could learn some form of self defense, but MMA is brutal and should be a sport for men. The same restriction should be place on Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling and Rugby Union or Rugby League. These are clearly men’s sports and should be reserved for men only…….. I… Read more »

Bill
Bill

I think a well conditioned female fighter who has trained and preped for a fight is just as attention grabbing as her male counter part. If WWE is any indication, female MMA is happening and will continue. I support it and just like we all watched the WEC despite the lack of heavy weights, there is a market for female MMA.

Limone
Limone

nothing wrong with women training MMA, but I would not go to an event for them even if you paid me to go. I am surprised the WNBA is still around lol, I don’t even like the NBA. Can you imagine a womens NHL? how annoying would that be.

Jillian Bullock
Jillian Bullock

I train in MMA and I only train with guys and buy MMA DVDs from professional MMA fighters. I just feel if I can hang with the guys then I can definitely beat the women.

Also, Eric I hope you get over your feelings regarding women fighters. There are more and more getting into this sport. We need the support of men because they control the MMA organizations. If they keep a closed mind women won’t advance in this sport. Look how long it took to get women sanctioned to fight in boxing in the Olympics. Women work just as hard as men in MMA, Boxing and other contact sports, and they should have the opportunity to do what they love and get the same respect, pay, and acknowledgement as males.

Eric

Yo Jillian,

I’m all for female MMA, as I said, the only thing I have is a bit of turning in the stomach when it gets bloody. But that will pass as I see it more and more.

shayne green

I’m not a fan of women’s mma.

Josemm
Josemm

I felt weird the first time i saw a female fight but after watching few more they completely got my respect i remember enjoying alot more strike force female fights than most male ones is like woman are saying we are here and yes we fight and we fight good and they put sometimes lot more efort than men just because they want to prove to the world they can do it

Mike Kelsey

I really like womens MMA. I believe they can compete as the men do. But I do agree with Dana White theres just not enough women in this spot to have someone like Ronda to compete at her level yet.

Ray Deans

Hi Eric,

I think the London Olympics where we saw our local fighter Nicola Adams, Ireland’s Katie Taylor and USA’s Claressa Shields breaking through the gender barrier in boxing will, I believe, influence the public’s opinion and allow them to appreciate female fighting sports to include MMA.

We also saw Kayla Harrison (USA) and Gemma Gibbons (GB) also show that females can put on a tremendous show (in their case in Judo) and that it can be a spectacle worthy of attention.

What we as fans need to do is appreciate that it will not be as powerful a demonstration, however there will usually be an element of superior technique – brains over brawn.

Regards,

Ray Deans
@RayDeansTrg

art
art

hey buddy been following u for a lil while, lots of awesome info n vids. my take on lady mma!! its awesome!! for one my better half is a 2 time world champ pro-boxer!! her name is Maribel Zurita aka lil thunder, we r training together now for her to go make one last run at get’n one more title to add to her collection.!! she has a lot of raw talent n ur info is very helpful with her conditioning!! thanks again.