Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We have split the frequently asked questions (FAQs) into three main categories. If you can't find the answer you are looking for, or if you feel we have missed something, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Awakening Fighters brand questions
We do list MMA fighters, however we're not an MMA website exclusively. The idea behind the Awakening website and database is for us to list and discuss all martial arts equally. However, due to our limited resources we have found ourselves only able to effectively focus on MMA, Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Boxing. Our goal is to be able to work towards a day when we can have a dedicated member of staff for each discipline. That day is a long way off, but we are doing everything we can to get there! Martial artists from ALL disciplines are welcomed equally. So regardless of your style, if you want an Awakening profile please request a profile questionnaire at email@example.com
We are currently not in a financial position to sponsor anyone. We know from talking to several athletes however that they have successfully used their Awakening Female Fighter profiles to help get them new sponsorship deals - this is such great news. When we first started out we did sponsor some athletes and this helped us become recognized as a serious company. The athletes we sponsored were: Julie Kitchen, Tecia Torres, Bec Rawlings, Kate Jackson, Lauren Huxley and the Edmunds Sistas to name a few. We hope to be able to work to a future where we can sponsor athletes again. !
The AOCA, or Awakening Outstanding Contribution Award is exactly that. It’s our way of showing some love and appreciation for someone who is exceptional. In most cases where the AOCA has been given, the athlete in question has made an incredible overall contribution to the female martial arts scene.
There are thousands of female martial artists, so it’s impossible for everyone to know them all. The AOCA gives an at a glance feature to the database. This allows these incredible athletes to be remembered and appreciated by anyone who believes in the female martial arts movement. By their very nature, martial artists are humble and don’t like to shout about their accomplishments, that is where we come in…. because we DO like shouting about their achievements.
This will either be because we have accidentally overlooked it, or because it falls under an umbrella term. For instance, there are numerous styles of Karate or Kung Fu, and these are a good example of “umbrella terms”. We would love to list every style on earth, but we feel it would make the database less effective. Some disciplines have multiple spellings which makes a database very awkward, so using umbrella terms is a must. If specified, we are absolutely able to list the exact martial art style on the profile itself. For search results however, it has to be listed under the umbrella term.
If your discipline does not fall under a main umbrella term, then let us know and we will add it to the list.
Awakening Community questions
Mara Storms is the official Awakening mascot, originally designed in 2012. To us Mara Storms represents everything that is Awakening and that we are trying to promote within the female fight industry. She's strong, powerful, highly skilful and mysterious. She's really just a little bit of fun, but we have become very attached to her.
This should go some way to explaining the naming convention of the forum sections: Mara's Battle Area, Mara's Dojo and Mara's Kitchen.
Rec Points is an abbreviation of Recognition Points. As the name suggests, we give you recognition points for being an active community member. By definition, an active community member adds a great deal to Awakening Fighters. Your activity adds to our website statistics and ranking, and therefore increases our attractiveness to potential advertisers and increases our audience.
The Awakening community's involvement is key to our growth, and in turn, ability to promote and represent the female fight community.
We understand that initially the navigation might be a little confusing. This is because the Awakening website is quite complex in the amount of things to do and see. There are three distinct navigation tools.
1. The Awakening Main Menu. This is the menu that is at the very top of the website and will navigate to all the main section of the website.
2. The Community Menu. This menu appears underneath the main menu and will navigate you around the community section of the website.
3. The Member Menu. If you have registered an account with the Awakening website, this extra detailed menu appears. From this menu you can navigate around the community section and tweak your personal community experience.
The Community Activity page is the default landing page for the Awakening Community section. It can be reached by clicking on Community in the main Awakening menu at the top of the website. Alternatively it can be reached by clicking on Community Activity in the Community Menu.
The Community Activity page can be considered as a place to take a quick glance at what has been happening within the community; from latest forum topics and replies, to Rec Point leaderboard and group activity, there is even a community shout box. Many of which give the ability for you to comment on or favorite.
By default, the community activity page shows all activity within the community. We have included the ability for members to tweak their privacy settings, as we understand that not everyone will want all of their activity being shared.
Use the Member Menu in the top right of the screen, and go to Profile > Edit.
Alternatively, you can get to the same page whilst on your Community Profile by clicking the Profile tab and editing from Edit in the secondary tab.
You can unlock many more profile editing fields by upgrading to a Level 2, or Level 3 membership.
Use the Community Menu to click on Groups. Here you will see the list of available sub-communities. Click the Join Group button at the bottom right of the groups thumbnail photo.
Public Groups can be joined instantly and Private Groups will require the group's administrator to accept your request to join.
There are three Group types:
1. Public Group. Group content and activity will be visible to any site member.
2. Private Group. Group content and activity will only be visible to members of the group.
3. Hidden Group. Group content and activity will only be visible to members of the group.
There are three ways in which to add friends.
1. Member's Profile. Visit another member's profile and click the Add Friend button to the right of their profile photo.
2. Forum Post. Click Add Contact button shown under the member's name on one of their posts from within the forum.
3. Member Directory. Browse the Member Directory by clicking on Members in the Community Menu. A list of members appears, you can click the Add Friend button to the right of the chosen member.
In each of the above cases a friend request will be sent, and you will have to wait for the response before being connected or rejected by the other party.
Members that have made their profile private will not appear in the Member Directory.
Removing someone from your friends list works in the same way as adding a friend. There are four ways in which to remove someone from your friends list.
1. Use the Member Menu in the top right of the screen, and navigate to Friends > Friendships. Use the Cancel Friendship button next to the contact you wish to remove.
1. Member's Profile. Visit another member's profile and click the Cancel Friendship button to the right of their profile photo.
2. Forum Post. Click Remove Contact button shown under the member's name on one of their posts from within the forum.
3. Member Directory. Browse the Member Directory by clicking on Members in the Community Menu. A list of members appears, you can click the Cancel Friendship button to the right of the chosen member.
Currently there is no way to block another member. If we start getting requests for this feature we will look into adding it.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having problems that require a feature like this.
First of all, we're sad to see you go! If there is anything we can help with before you make the final decision, please email us at email@example.com
Use the Member Menu in the top right of the screen, and go to Settings > Delete Account.
Deleting your account will delete all of the content you have created. It will be completely irrecoverable.
A member's community tag looks like this: @username
A member's tag can be found by visiting their Community Profile. Their user specific tag can be found to the right of their profile photo.
You can tag another member in forum posts and comments by using their tag when typing your content.
Use the Member Menu in the top right of the screen, and go to Profile > Change Profile Photo.
After uploading a photo you will be given the chance to crop the image to your desired profile photo.