If you’re thinking “self-defense,” we’re going to stop you right there. Yes, knowing how to protect yourself is a primary motivator for a lot of women who are considering BJJ. And with horrifying statistics, like one in three women experiencing violence in her lifetime, that makes sense. While we wholeheartedly agree that BJJ is probably the hands-down best way for a woman to feel confident in her own ability to defend herself, there’s more to the story. Read on for 3 reasons women should absolutely train BJJ, beyond self-defense.
You’ll Learn What Your Body is Capable Of
From a very young age, women are taught that how they look matters and that trivial concerns — waist circumference, breast size, whatever — are worth their time and attention. In this world of filtered and Photoshopped social media, the concept of real bodies is more distorted than ever.
But none of that matters in BJJ. This is a sport in which the smaller, weaker person can dominate bigger, stronger opponents. Because it isn’t about strength — it’s about technique. Learning how to be calm and in control, how to use your body exactly as it is to tap an opponent and really, truly defend yourself, is incredibly rewarding. You’ll be amazed at what your body can do, and more you learn and the better you get, the more gratifying the experience comes.
You’ll Build Serious Confidence
No matter how impressive advance belts may be, everyone starts in the same place. Over time, by learning, watching, failing, trying again (and again and again), and ultimately succeeding, you will build confidence in your abilities and intuition. It’s impossible to avoid — facing down opponents teaches you resilience. You learn to trust yourself, which inevitably builds confidence. And that’s something you’ll enjoy on and off the mat.
You’ll Find a Community
A community of active, confident women is a really great thing to be part of. Women who roll are part of a pretty exclusive sisterhood, just because there aren’t many out there, and it brings them together in a really cool way That’s true with women at your own gym or those around town, and even the country. It’s not the only reason to starting training BJJ, but many women find it’s an amazing perk.
If you’re reading this and thinking “I’m sold!” we love your enthusiasm. Consider this your personal invitation to come and roll at Guerrilla BJJ in Reno. Contact us now so we can answer all of your questions about getting started. We can’t wait!