5 Reasons Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu (That Aren’t For Self Defense)The n…
5 Reasons Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu (That Aren’t For Self Defense)
The number-one reason women are usually given for why they should train jiu jitsu is “because it teaches you how to protect yourself.”
There’s a good reason for it: jiu jitsu is designed for weaker, smaller opponents to dominate larger ones using technique rather than strength. Being as a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds and has a 1 in 5 chance of being raped in her lifetime, it would make sense that jiu jitsu would be a recommended form of self defense for a group of people that is (usually) smaller and weaker than the people most likely to assault them.
As someone who started jiu jitsu after nearly being sexually assaulted by a taxi driver about four years ago (and has since used it to get myself out of another sketchy situation), I’m a huge, huge proponent of anyone learning BJJ to protect themselves.
That said, jiu jitsu has so much more to offer than just self defense. You’ll get in shape, develop lifelong friendships, and have a lot of fun – and that’s only the beginning!
If you know a woman or are a woman who’s been thinking about stepping onto the mats, there are plenty of reasons to do it that don’t involve choking out would-be rapists.
1. It teaches you to love your body for what it can do rather than for what it looks like.
2. You don’t need to be big and strong to be good at it.
3. The sisterhood is like no other.
4. It smashes ideas about what a woman “should” or “shouldn’t” do.
5. It makes you a positive role model for younger girls.
Whether you’re motivated by self defense or something completely different, it’s never a bad idea to put on that gi and take your first steps on an unforgettable journey.
We will see you on the mats!!