If you belong to an academy at any given day in this country , or the birth place of modern day Jiu Jitsu, Brazil, you may have noticed more and more females being involved, competing and instructing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at their respective academies. The trend or wave has swept the world incredibly, with crime statistics growing involving the female population, it is no wonder the influx of female participants has increased. With the explosion in Jiu Jitsu academies popping up all over the United States and the world , and more and more black belts being ranked , it was only a matter of time before the female population climbed on board to this predominately male dominated sport to claim their own spot on the world stage.
But what is it about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that is intriguing to females? Why is it that females are flocking to academies ?
Well for starters with the usual small size and demeanor of the female species, Jiu Jitsu has been a staple of self defense in Brazil for years, and because modern day Jiu Jitsu has evolved to make the smaller person survive an attack by a larger opponent, it’s no wonder why the sport has been gaining popularity with females. Even in the world of Mixed Martial Arts , where it was born out of Jiu Jitsu, females have been growing in activity and popularity.
And some of the reasons why the sport has become so popular with females, is partly due to the fact that it gives women a sense of empowerment, it gives a sense of confidence to neutralize an attack by a man or woman trying to do damage.
While all men and women aren’t created equal , neither are all women and women . Some women can be as small and as light as a child, while others may be as tall and heavy as a man. The spectrum between woman to woman is about as broad as the colors of the spectrum. So to say if a woman is attacked by another woman will give her a chance due to the female physical form, is not entirely true.
If you train Jiu Jitsu you may already know that most real world fights end up on the ground , and with no rules or referees on the street, Jiu Jitsu is battle tested and competition approved to survive an attack in such real world conditions.
Aside from the obvious self defense aspect of Jiu Jitsu, training for a woman can also be beneficial in the health benefits. Because Jiu Jitsu focuses on technique and not brute force, women can expect to not gain bulky muscles, but can expect to have their muscles toned, due to the grabbing and gripping of the Kimono. Men can also benefit from women training in Jiu Jitsu. Because women focus on purely technique, men can train with women and know that strength will not be a factor.
Another health benefit of training Jiu Jitsu, is the weight loss side of it. Because Jiu Jitsu training has what is known as ” live rolling ” or performing techniques on a fully resistant opponent at a live simulation of grappling, the loss of excess weight is expected.
The other side of training in the sport, lesser talked about as a benefit but more widely known as a side effect, is the camaraderie that goes along with training in the sport. The atmosphere that weighs heavy in Jiu Jitsu academies all over the world is a family-like bond. Competitors can expect to have other students of the school attend and cheer on their teammates during competition.
The sport that is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, because it is not a mainstream martial art yet, has a tight knit group, no matter the academy or school, we are all one as a family because we can all relate to the experiences and the techniques known throughout the world. Every fresh white belt that walks onto the mat , man or woman, has the potential to go on to impact the world the way the very first white belt has.
So women cannot, should not write off Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a legitimate self defense method because of the history that it carries as a martial art that has been taught to finish the fight.
Look for more females becoming black belts in the sport, competing in the sport and even owning their own academies.