Written by Hope Douglass, BJJ brown belt.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is one of the most rewarding things that you can learn, regardless of your gender.
Through brazilian jiu-jitsu training, you will learn how to use leverage and technique to control someone else, even someone bigger and stronger than you. You will also learn more about yourself in a few months on the mat than in years of regular life.
You will learn these things whilst training in co-ed classes with people bigger than you and with people smaller than you, male and female, of higher and lower belts.
So why should women make the extra effort to train with other women and in women’s only BJJ classes?
Women’s only classes are a great introduction to the world of martial arts, especially for those with no prior experience in sports / martial arts.
It can be intimidating for anyone to walk into a room full of big sweaty guys who are throwing each other and choking each other out, and even more so for a woman to walk into that room. Many women take up martial arts to feel safer, and so if, initially, they feel unsafe, they may be turned off training and not come back. A room full of women training can be a far more inviting option than the one above, and help to put women at ease (particularly beginners).
Beginner women seem to thrive in an all-female environment, where they feel more comfortable and worry less about looking/feeling stupid (almost everyone worries about looking stupid whilst learning something new).
If women are allowed to get enough skill in an environment that’s initially safer (both physically and emotionally), then eventually they’ll roll with nearly anyone, fearlessly, and happily join in classes with the guys too.
Women training BJJ will progress at a much faster rate when given the opportunity to train with other women.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is said to be “for the weaker and smaller person”, and is not about “size and strength”. A smaller person can beat a larger/stronger opponent provided that they have superior technique; good use of proper technique will always trump size/strength. However when two people of a similar skill level train and spar together, the stronger one will almost always win. For this reason, women training BJJ will progress at a much faster rate when given the opportunity to train with people of a similar size and level of strength – other women.
When given the chance to train with people of similar size and strength, you will have more success practising techniques, you will get to train your “offence” rather than just your “defence”, you will get the chance to perfect your submissions, you will be able to talk with other women about your training, and you will therefore learn techniques faster and be better able to utilise them in co-ed classes, in competition, and in real life situations.
So whilst training with both men and women is great and always beneficial (you will also learn essential lessons from training with opponents larger than yourself), women’s only classes are an ideal platform for both beginners and advanced female grapplers, those that are new to training and also those that are looking to refine their game and improve at a faster rate.
Grappling Education offers women’s only BJJ classes on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Led by a female instructor.
Enquire now or drop by for a class!