As the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu continues to grow and become a more mainstream entity more and more women have began training. The idea of having a large amount of martial artists that are also women is a very exciting one for a number of reasons.
One of the reasons of the reasons is that it is a new group of women for young girls to look up to. Sure they could have looked up to the male artists like young girls could have before, but now there is someone like them paving the path for the women still to come. It adds to the amount of positive female role models young girls have to look up to, which is important in a time when there are so many superficial celebrities in the spot light. Its important for the next generation of young girls to have role models with depth and strength instead of role models that are shallow and value material things. Its great to see the women of today taking that role on and continuing to pave the path for young women.
Another good thing coming from more women in BJJ and combat sports is that it helps shed this macho mystique that hangs over them. The idea that fighting is just for guys is ridiculous. Women like to fight too! Have you ever been to worldstarhiphip.com and watched the women fights on there? They are ferocious. Watch the women’s matches at a BJJ tournament. Those girls go at each other! Don’t sleep on women in combat sports. They are exciting to watch.
The most important thing it does is prove that BJJ is for everyone. In fact, it is ideal for women! Gracie Jiu Jitsu was developed by Helio Gracie, a small man, to allow a smaller weaker person to defeat a bigger stronger opponent using leverage and technique. That means it doesn’t matter if you’re a big strong burly man, because Crystal that works for the city and takes photographs can also choke you with your clothing if you mess with her. BJJ doesn’t care if you’re a girl or a guy. It only cares if you can apply the technique, and if you have legs and arms you can. In fact people do it without those things sometimes.
Its an exciting time for women in BJJ and martial arts for those reasons and many more. Personally I hope that more women continue to train, because I think that would do great things for our future as a species. Imagine how well a whole generation of kids raised by mommas that know how to baseball choke them would do!! If you are a woman interested in training at Gracie Humaita Kansas City click here and make sure to like our Facebook page!