I dont want to sound like I just want attention from women. But train at a mixed martial arts gym, and I just wanted to know if I mentioned that, would I just come off as a show off or would she most likely find it attractive. I guess I have to admit I technically would be showing off but I'de like to give some sort of good impression.
Most Helpful Girl
If you're talking about hobbies and interests, then it would be natural to bring it up. But if you're talking about something else completely and you suddenly say "hey I train at a mixed martial arts gym, pretty cool huh?" then yeah, you'll come off as kind of a douche lol.
As for the actual title in a more general sense (and not just regarding talking about martial arts) I think showing some masculinity is fine. Like having a gentle, protective side or being strong. Hypermasculinity is really stupid, though. Such as starting random fights with some dude for "looking at you wrong" or constantly wanting to show off in front of all girls, like a peacock. That type of masculinity is a huge turn off and just speaks volumes about his aggressive and insecure side.7
Most Helpful Guy
I train in a full contact martial art, and spar and have done some informal competitions.
I find women react pretty positively to it, but it probably depends how you bring it up, and what other attributes you have.
I'm generally a calm guy, pretty 'nice', so I'm not teetering on the edge of seeing like a douchebag before mentioning it.
Women want balance. They like a tough guy who likes kids, can cook, earn money, and knows what he wants in bed. If you're all one thing and not the others, they'll roll your eyes if you try to oversell the one good thing.1