This summer Miss USA made remarks about women learning to defend themselves (read here) that became quite a hot topic. Now obviously my take on it is biased. Not only do I own a Martial Arts school but I am the father to a beautiful little girl (who trains 5 days a week) and Husband to a wonderful woman who is very supportive of my endeavours. At my school I teach many females and I have seen in the last ten years of running my school a greater interest which I think is fantastic, especially in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is becoming more popular among women due to its fundamental training of technique over strength. To learn how to topple someone much larger and stronger than you is something every person desires. For women, this is something very appealing as it is the perfect martial art for self defence. If you’re a woman, you’ll certainly have fun reading about learning and using BJJ.
Lose the Disadvantage
Women are generally at a disadvantage when it comes to size and strength. So if a man were to spring in front of you and threaten you, it would be easy for you to be over-powered. This is where BJJ shines; giving women the fundamentals of body mechanics and understanding how the correct positioning can give women an advantage over bigger adversaries.
Unlike most martial arts, BJJ self defense classes are more regular and need the practitioner to attend them three to four times a week, depending on the martial arts school. Regular practice makes BJJ a part of your lifestyle, a better, stronger and safer lifestyle.
BJJ is a fighting system that was developed by the late Helio Garcie, who himself was a man of small size. So it makes perfect sense for women, who are invariably physically smaller than men, to learn and utilize this martial art. Helio Garcie adapted the techniques of BJJ so a petite person would no longer have to fear someone larger and stronger. He emphasized the use of choke-holds and joint locks to take down opponents. Incorporating sweeps and counters for off balancing allowed Helio Garcie to take down even the strongest of adversaries.
Technique over Strength
BJJ is the perfect self defence for women to deter bullies and other troublemakers. Being able to bring someone down into submission makes BJJ very popular among the ladies. Attending BJJ classes regularly will help you to hone your skills and program your brain for victory over any rival. Practicing proper techniques and applying them over again in the ring helps harden your nerves and ingrains these moves into your muscle memory. Women are able to do this because they get to train with men, as well as with women who are bigger and stronger than them. There cannot be a better way to practice than to have your fellow classmate try to grapple and strangle you into submission. Not to worry though, all these techniques are performed under strict supervision!
Unlike other martial arts, BJJ does not include striking during sparring, which allows the two practitioners to have a more realistic engagement. Another reason why BJJ is a big hit with women is because of female fighters in MMA. These ladies are revolutionizing the way people see MMA. It is due to BJJ that women are now besting men (who are up to no good) despite being smaller than them.
If you are a woman who wants to learn how to defend herself than Arashi Do Martial Arts is the place to be. We will walk you through the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while making sure that you are learning and practicing the techniques. When it comes to being able to overpower any opponent, BJJ is the way to go.