Why should women train Jiu Jitsu, you ask?
Our student Susan, a blue belt, shares her opinion on why women should train BJJ:
“Well, I’ve been wracking my brain to narrow down the massive list I have as to why I, as a 44-year-old mother of 5 LOVE this art! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or ability level. Also, BJJ is an excellent way for women to stay in shape, build confidence, and learn valuable self-defense skills.”
Susan, 44, Mother of 5, Blue Belt, Scorpio
Fighting Against Statistics
According to a collection of independent studies done by the University of Oregon in April 2021, women who train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are at least 50-60% LESS likely to be raped in an attack because of the knowledge, skills, and confidence that Jiu Jitsu provides. With the high statistic that women are 75% more likely to be attacked than men, this is a crucial benefit of practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
“I love the way Jiu Jitsu makes me feel about my body. Now I’m not referring to that unicorn of a bikini body that is still a fragment of my imagination. I’m talking that I feel flipping powerful. I feel confident that I would be able to defend myself in an altercation.” – Susan
In addition to self-defense skills, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also promotes body empowerment. Through training, women can learn to execute subtle moves on an opponent of any size, relying on technique rather than strength. This builds a sense of power and confidence, which can translate into other aspects of life. Plus, it’s a fun and challenging workout that can be enjoyed by women of all ages and fitness levels.
“This is a community of tough, funny, loud, supportive women and girls from every walk of life. Every size. Every color. Every age. Everything…. I have made lifelong friends through Jiu Jitsu who have laughed and cried with me on the mat and offered me such encouragement to keep going when things are hard.” – Susan
Beyond the physical benefits, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also provides a supportive community of practitioners. At Gracie Barra Salt Lake City and Gracie Barra West Jordan, women from every walk of life come together to train, laugh, and offer each other encouragement. Whether you’re looking to make new friends or just find a place to feel at home, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an excellent option.
Find a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gym Near You
If you’re interested in joining a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym near you in Utah, start by booking a free trial class at Gracie Barra Salt Lake City or Gracie Barra West Jordan. There are women-only classes available, so you can feel comfortable starting your journey. With dedication and commitment, you can build your journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and reap the many benefits it has to offer.
We will end with Susan’s words:
“I could go on and on. Suffice it to say—ladies need Jiu Jitsu. So, if you’ve never tried, try. Come and get on the mat to play with us! OSS! In health and fitness, Susan.”