How useful do you think MMA is for women as a means of self-defense against sexual assault?
TATE: “MMA can be a huge tool for women to defend themselves against an attacker. I don’t think enough women realize the benefits that you can reap from training in MMA, especially the Jiu-Jitsu aspect of it. There’s a lot of leverage, and Jiu-Jitsu is designed for the smaller, weaker, meeker people, so it works well for women in self defense.”
SHAMROCK: “I would say that MMA is the most highly evolved form of hand-to-hand combat. It has the most tried and tested moves of how to defend and handle yourself in hand-to-hand combat, especially against a larger opponent.”
How can women enhance their understanding of MMA techniques by watching STRIKEFORCE MMA competition between athletes skilled in a variety of combat disciplines?
TATE: “It takes time, practice, watching, and learning. You can only learn so much from watching an MMA fight; I think it’s really more of a hands-on thing. But, it never hurts. I learn a lot when I watch fights.
SHAMROCK: “Absolutely, watching a fight can help you out 100 percent. Whatever your mind sees, it believes, and part of you believing in this technique and understanding it is seeing it happen.
"I definitely think that you can not only learn from watching fighting, but you can also reinforce the things that you have learned by seeing people use it in practical application. When you see a girl like this, like Miesha, it’s like, ‘Hey, I can do that.’ And you really can, if you want to.”