The stream of blood makes an audible "swoosh" as it exits the nose it used to inhabit. Beads of sweat drop from the locks of long hair. There is an unhinged tooth lying in the center of the ring. The fighters in this professional combat breathe heavily and emit grunts of effort in a range more soprano than alto or bass.
No. This is not an episode of "Orange is the New Black."
These are the sights and sounds of the all-female cast of the Ultimate Fighter Series, "The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion will be Crowned." The show is the culmination of an increasing trend of female participation in a sport that formerly was strictly a boys’ club.
Has broadcasting the glory of 115-pound females fighting it out for a championship belt increased the popularity of "regular" women undertaking mixed martial arts for sports, fitness or professional goals?
A component of this fighting style is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or "BJJ" and Nova Gyms in Oak Creek just happens to specialize in this martial art.
Nova franchise executive and corporate wellness guru Chris Martin weighs in on female fighting, the effectiveness of using a martial art like BJJ to get in shape, the importance of family fitness and more.
Martin is also offering OnMilwaukee.com readers "The Dream Package Every Fighter Needs" for men and women whose interest is piqued! It’s 30 days for $30. This includes three private lessons with three different trainers and an all-inclusive pass for readers to try all that Nova Gyms Martial Arts & Fitness has to offer for one month.
Prospective "fighters" should go to Chris' website or Nova Gyms' website and enter "onmilwaukee" in the subject line along with their contact information to get the deal. Read on to get inspired to get yourself in fighting shape.
Lindsay Garric: Tell me about you and your role at Nova Gyms.
Chris Martin: First and foremost, I am a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu junkie (BJJ). The sport has transformed my life.
As a Milwaukee native and Marquette grad who s…Read more...