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    السلام عليكم

    For as long I can remember, I have always wanted to learn martial arts for self-defense and just for fun but there were never any clubs near me. Now there are many in my area in schools at accessible hours. And I'm sure you've all heard of Hedaya Ahmed Malak Wahba, the hijabi taekwondoer (?) at the Olympics, well she just inspired me to pursue my dream of learning martial arts and going to the Olympics (maybe the latter is not so likely lol).

    The problem is, every club in my area is mixed, so I don't know what to do. Can I go, but take a friend or my sister with me, or go with a mahram? Will either make a difference? Obviously, I shall observe full hijab, secure loose clothing etc. And if it is required to partner up with someone I will be with another female and explain my religious obligations to the instructor beforehand (bowing, female partners etc).

    I am not in a very good place at the moment (mentally and emotionally) and I believe focussing my energy on something like this will really help me out, but I also want to do it halal as possible.

    Please don't suggest alternative sports like swimming or gym as my dad will not allow me. Nor hiring a personal trainer as I don't have much money, or try to find a female only class as I have searched tirelessly to no avail, or to just give up. If however, there is anyone experienced in this field in my area, do feel free to set up a class near me lol.

    I am 20, live in South East England.

    Part of being Muslim is to not be ashamed of who I am nor what I believe in, but proudly representing my faith and not letting my hijab stop me from doing what I want.

    جزاك الله
    Last edited by shymuslim; 02-11-16, 08:17 PM.
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    Re: Female MMA mixed club?

    Originally posted by shymuslim View Post
    السلام عليكم

    For as long I can remember, I have always wanted to learn martial arts for self-defense and just for fun but there were never any clubs near me. Now there are many in my area in schools at accessible hours. And I'm sure you've all heard of Hedaya Ahmed Malak Wahba, the hijabi taekwondoer (?) at the Olympics, well she just inspired me to pursue my dream of learning martial arts and going to the Olympics (maybe the latter is not so likely lol).

    The problem is, every club in my area is mixed, so I don't know what to do. Can I go, but take a friend or my sister with me, or go with a mahram? Will either make a difference? Obviously, I shall observe full hijab, secure loose clothing etc. And if it is required to partner up with someone I will be with another female and explain my religious obligations to the instructor beforehand (bowing, female partners etc).

    I am not in a very good place at the moment (mentally and emotionally) and I believe focussing my energy on something like this will really help me out, but I also want to do it halal as possible.

    Please don't suggest alternative sports like swimming or gym as my dad will not allow me. Nor hiring a personal trainer as I don't have much money, or try to find a female only class as I have searched tirelessly to no avail, or to just give up. If however, there is anyone experienced in this field in my area, do feel free to set up a class near me lol.

    I am 20, live in South East England.

    Part of being Muslim is to not be ashamed of who I am nor what I believe in, but proudly representing my faith and not letting my hijab stop me from doing what I want.

    جزاك الله
    London has a lot of gyms that have women only sessions.
    Our local MMA gym has a champion btw, she beating the living day lights out of everyone in every tournament.
    She trains at the KO in East London, forgot her name though-.-
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    • #3
      I don't see what is wrong with going to a mixed club if you are covered up. Everyone is focussed on themselves anyway. I jog outside. I am also going to start going to classes at some point isA. Some of them will be mixed.

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      • #4
        Re: Female MMA mixed club?

        I'm mostly interested in Taekwondo any martial art is ok. I live in Berkshire.
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        • #5
          Re: Female MMA mixed club?

          Alhamdulillah, I have been looking for same thing.
          My issue was, that local women only class is teach by MAN😱. So, I can't go there either.
          Dear ukhti, I know what you mean. I have searched high and low... Insha'Allah one day there is one.

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          • #6
            Re: Female MMA mixed club?

            Originally posted by shymuslim View Post
            السلام عليكم

            For as long I can remember, I have always wanted to learn martial arts for self-defense and just for fun but there were never any clubs near me. Now there are many in my area in schools at accessible hours. And I'm sure you've all heard of Hedaya Ahmed Malak Wahba, the hijabi taekwondoer (?) at the Olympics, well she just inspired me to pursue my dream of learning martial arts and going to the Olympics (maybe the latter is not so likely lol).

            The problem is, every club in my area is mixed, so I don't know what to do. Can I go, but take a friend or my sister with me, or go with a mahram? Will either make a difference? Obviously, I shall observe full hijab, secure loose clothing etc. And if it is required to partner up with someone I will be with another female and explain my religious obligations to the instructor beforehand (bowing, female partners etc).

            I am not in a very good place at the moment (mentally and emotionally) and I believe focussing my energy on something like this will really help me out, but I also want to do it halal as possible.

            Please don't suggest alternative sports like swimming or gym as my dad will not allow me. Nor hiring a personal trainer as I don't have much money, or try to find a female only class as I have searched tirelessly to no avail, or to just give up. If however, there is anyone experienced in this field in my area, do feel free to set up a class near me lol.

            I am 20, live in South East England.

            Part of being Muslim is to not be ashamed of who I am nor what I believe in, but proudly representing my faith and not letting my hijab stop me from doing what I want.

            جزاك الله
            Salam sister,

            I already opened a thread about MA. and I understand your dilemma completely. I still didn't figure it out either..

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            • #7
              Re: Female MMA mixed club?

              I have a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and since I converted to islam I have not attended the classes.
              Part of my reasoning has been the bowing to the Korean flag / instructor / entering the gym / opponents..
              I never really looked in to it either.. is bowing in this situation haram? According to who ?

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              • #8
                Re: Female MMA mixed club?

                Originally posted by AmantuBillahi View Post
                I have a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and since I converted to islam I have not attended the classes.
                Part of my reasoning has been the bowing to the Korean flag / instructor / entering the gym / opponents..
                I never really looked in to it either.. is bowing in this situation haram? According to who ?
                I don't think this bowing thing is that important. I mean, Allah s.w.t. knows that's just the form, and that we are not bowing out of the worship. But I'm not so knowledgeable on the matter, it's just common sense.

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                • #9
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                  Same problem right here
                  يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُمْ وَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

                  O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous

                  Surah Al Baqarah ayah 21

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                  • #10
                    Re: Female MMA mixed club?

                    As for me, a bigger dilemma is this mixed fighting thing...

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                    • #11
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                      • #12
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                        I think it is very beneficial for women to learn these skills. Karate or something.. Tae Kwon do is mostly conditioning, none of these kicks would I ever use in real life. It's simply ineffective in a real fight. The cardio and overall conditioning is very nice though.

                        There must be female classes for martial arts somewhere. If there are female fitness centre then here must be female martial arts.. perhaps not an *all female club* but at least a few classes a week type of thing? Got to do your homework.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Female MMA mixed club?

                          Originally posted by Jade Vine View Post
                          I don't think this bowing thing is that important. I mean, Allah s.w.t. knows that's just the form, and that we are not bowing out of the worship. But I'm not so knowledgeable on the matter, it's just common sense.
                          Yeah I always assumed it was an act of worship and just didn't feel comfortable. Was too lazy and embarrassed to tell them I can't bow , and it will certainly be brought up by the instructor.

                          Have to look in to it. Jazakallah

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                          • #14
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                            Focus all energy on learning the deen would be best
                            I'm not sure how easy it is to avoid mixed contact with the martial arts sessions and whether full hijab requirements could be met.
                            And why wont your dad allow swimming or gym even in a female only environment but allows MMA?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Female MMA mixed club?

                              Interesting question. Isnt it seperate hours for women? Over here in paki it is like that.

                              Anyways, I love MMA and been doing it for almost 6 months
                              I highly encourage people to do such things. Makes you feel fresh and stronger
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