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Jiu Jitsu for Women
Jiu Jitsu for women is the ultimate self-defense option. When women are attacked either sexually or via other nefarious purposes (domestic), it is typical that this attack is derived from someone they intimately know. Ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands (or ex-partners) are one of the most common attackers a woman will face. And it’s the intimate relationship that brings about the major complication.
When women know the attacker, the attacker usually has a keen sense for how to get close to them. They can get inside the home or inside the car. They can get close enough to grab and grip. This makes owning a knife or even a gun, for a woman, a little less useful. You never want to pull a gun once you’ve been tackled or pinned to the ground, you’d be serving up the abuser with a new arsenal of harm that’s beyond just his or her strength and rage.
So women. Someone attacks you in your own home. Are you prepped for that?
Women are typically at an immediate disadvantage during an attack with a male counterpart. For the most part, men are larger and stronger specimens. They are able to pin a woman down and hold her there so as to effectively carry out their assault. Women need to find a way to neutralize that strength and turn the tables on the abuser. Jiu Jitsu for women does exactly that.
I’m going to break things down for you as best as possible without boring you with over-the-top technicalities.
Jiu Jitsu is a grappling sport, this means there is no striking. And this is good. Striking isn’t the most effective form of self-defense for anyone. For a weaker subject, striking means you are hitting but not causing much blunt force. Additionally, striking often leads to broken hands (even pro boxers wrap their hands to prevent this from happening). Jiu Jitsu allows a smaller, less strong, person to neutralize the stronger, larger attacker.
In simpleton terms, as a woman, you can learn to do the following:
- Harm or escape a man who has you pinned to the ground.
- Escape an abuser’s choke hold.
- Escape or harm an attacker who has you in a sexual assault position.
Let me show you an example of Jiu Jitsu for women
This is the first position you learn in Jiu Jitsu. It is called the guard position. This position means that the attacker or opponent has their hips between your legs. You could lock your feet behind the attacker’s back, or open your legs to create space. From this position, as demonstrated below by Kyra Gracie, you can hurt or escape the attacker. What’s most notable is that this a core position for Jiu Jitsu and just happens to be the position most women find themselves in during a sexual assault.
Here’s another example:
In both cases, the woman is learning how to work and defend and attack from the guard position. This means if a woman is attacked in the same position, she’s in a position that she understands dynamically well. She can save her life. She can save herself from being attacked. This is why Jiu Jitsu for women just makes sense.
Questions Women Typically Have About Jiu Jitsu
Will it turn me into a bruiser fighter? No, it will get you into serious sexy shape, much like Yoga, but beyond. Jiu Jitsu is not about striking, rather, about grappling. Jiu Jitsu is known to be a less injury experience in comparison to most other sports and activities.
Do I spar with guys? Yes, mostly. Some Jiu Jitsu gyms are starting to make classes specifically for women only, but the truth is, they do that because they realize that many women aren’t comfortable at first rolling with guys. But let me ask you this? Do you expect your attacker in life to be a woman? It isn’t likely if you look at the stats. When you take Jiu Jitsu, you experience the reality, or, a simulation, in every class of what a legitimate attack would feel like. For men, Jiu Jitsu is a very tiring experience. Their grappling with you isn’t interpreted by them as sexual. Jiu Jitsu is too much work, too much cardio, to feel that way. Jiu Jitsu is a very social experience, so hey, you might end up being asked out on a date after class, but you won’t feel as though a man is “molesting” your goods.
How do I find a legit Jiu Jitsu gym for women? All Jiu Jitsu gyms take women. If you find one that doesn’t, that likely means it isn’t a legit gym. There are two main Jiu Jitsu brands that are reputable: Renzo Gracie Jiu JItsu and Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu. You can search those two names in your area to start. If you don’t see them, check out the reviews on the others and ask if you can come in and watch a class. Jiu Jitsu gyms should be welcoming. If you feel the one you are watching isn’t, I wouldn’t join.
How much does Jiu Jitsu cost? It depends on your region. Full passes (go as much as you want) can be $200 and up. Here’s the trick, though…many will negotiate for few days. Even two days a week of Jiu Jitsu will give you a supreme advantage over someone who has never taken a class.
Jiu Jitsu For Women – How long does it take to get good? I’m serious when I say this: 6 months of Jiu Jitsu gives you an enormous advantage over any man or woman who has not taken any Jiu Jitsu.
What about my kids? My teen girl? My little boy? Jiu Jitsu for kids makes all the sense in the world. Kids can be victims of attacks as well. Often, teen girls find themselves in compromised situations. Most likely, any Jiu Jitsu gym you attend will have a kid’s program. It will also help to boost their self-confidence and keep them in shape.
I hope that this Jiu Jitsu for women article has inspired you to get out and try out a gym. Jiu Jitsu is definitely a life changer.
Here’s a good video to watch for additional info.