Why I competed against men in ground fighting... I had no choice for the better part of my grappling training. And in the beginning of my first competition the guys at my level were closer to my 105/106 than the women. To get more "practice" in (started fighting just before age 48, and that type of ground training just before age 47), In competition I grappled men upto 160lbs. And women upto 180lbs, when I was a novice I competed against women all the way up through expert. My coach noticed my game improved the more pressure anyone put on me, my form improved almost magically. The men in the gym who I typically grappled "live" with were over 150lbs, average 168lbs, worked "live" as heavy at 278lbs. Drilled with men upto 320lbs in training. I'm by no means great. Coach Phil Dunlap calls me "The Little Engine That Could". It's just about effort and throwing away the EGO. https://www.amazon.com/Not-Exactly-Juan-Liberated-Woman-eboo
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