Women in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Women In BJJ
One of the biggest myths about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that it is only for young, fit, men. It’s not hard to see why people have this misconception! Just watching a BJJ class can be very intimidating because there can be so much intensity, aggressive movements, and bodily contact. However, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the best martial arts for women to train in for a number of reasons.
First, BJJ really helps people to understand their bodies and how they work. In many other sports, there is a very imbalanced playing field between men and women, with men having a size and strength advantage. However, in BJJ, it is the technique and strategy that really pushes practitioners to the top. It’s inspiring to know how much power you hold in your bare hands if given the right knowledge and training. For example, if a rear naked choke is applied correctly, it only takes a few pounds of pressure, something almost anyone can do, to render someone unconscious within 5-10 seconds!
Second, BJJ really helps people become comfortable in uncomfortable positions. BJJ is a very full contact sport, but most real life dangerous situations are also full contact. The sooner you can get comfortable being pinned by someone and knowing how to get out, the better off you will be if you ever need to defend yourself. Often, we hear of people freezing in moments of danger. By practicing BJJ, students learn how to think past their panic, how to conserve their energy, and how to time their defenses and attacks in order to escape.
Finally, BJJ destroys the notion that you have to look or be a certain size, strength, or have a certain style to be effective. There are so many different styles of BJJ and each has its own deadly effectiveness. While one student may be able to rely on brute strength, another student can counter that with her extreme flexibility and quick thinking. One student may favor chokes, while another will focus on attacking the legs. There are endless possibilities of how you can modify your training to your style, but when practicing BJJ, you will be faced with all different types of styles, and none are “wrong.” BJJ celebrates diversity in a way that many other sports cannot.
WE have a considerable amount of women training BJJ at Sampa BJJ Glendora come and try you too!!
If you would like to join our Sampa Jiu Jitsu community to train Brazilian Jiu Jistu, Muay Thai, Boxing, or Fitness bootcamp with us, call 6263354971 for our Glendora location or 909-444-9944 for our Walnut Location.