If I was younger, I would absolutely ask my teacher to get me an amateur fight. A few people at my gym have told me I should do this. However, I am only able to even consider it because my husband has a good job and sees that I'm applying for job after job myself, with no luck.
However, my gym does not encourage female fighters, unless they are already in superlative shape (personal trainers) and an employee of the gym.
My attitude is "Train me like a competitor, and you'll get one," but for the moment I just want to continue to work up to where I can be a worthy training partner, for men as well as women.
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