Can Women Really Handle Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?…… REALLY? This is the title of a absurd sexist post to why women don’t seem to fit or handle BJJ. I get it, this post is trying to encourage women to ‘’Stick with it’’ but unfortunately this post is an epic fail on that matter!
Let me address some of the concerns of this post. The problem why women are not fit for BJJ is because they don’t stick to it and this is after they ‘‘DEMAND to try it (BJJ) out’’. DEMAND is a very strong word, its insinuating they forced their way into a class against all warning signs of ‘‘danger’’. It happens to EVERYONE, they think they will like it and they don’t, it’s a human nature not a women thing. Your discouraging women to try BJJ just in case they don’t like it. If you lived your life like that, you would never try any new things. Second, they always stay for a short time, women do get pregnant, life change, job changes, that’s a fact of life. Men go through the same experiences, however there is (I admit) more men in the sport so it is less noticeable.
A women practicing the sport of BJJ who don’t get their black belt should not be seen as a waste of time. A blue belt is accomplishment all in itself and a woman or a man with a blue belt in BJJ has a great deal of knowledge in self-defence and you should be proud that these women and men are walking the streets with a blue belt they earned from you. Ideally, you want the best for all your students and receiving a black belt in BJJ is an incredible accomplishment men or women but unfortunately priorities in life can change this.
The most insulting part of this post is the fact that male student puts their marriage and relationship at risk because they might roll with a women during class. This is a completely ridiculous concern. This is blaming women for potential relationship problems just because they roll with men. If a wife or girlfriend has a problem with this, then the men are in their rights not to roll with women but that’s definitely their lost. Women make awesome partners.
Women who don’t stick to BJJ are not weak and need to be tougher. We are not dolls who need to be protected and need to understand that someone will be between are legs, we get THAT sense in the first couple of months (enhance the trying out period). Some women just hate it and find another sport more fitted for them. The reason why women don’t stick to it is not because of awkward human contact, especially senior white belts and up (we know all about it). There are probably other underlying problems of why women are leaving. Like any other sports, people will come and go, new students should never be seen as a potential waste of time.
BJJ is a male dominated sport but women are starting to understand how beneficial and amazing BJJ is. Just look around you at all the women bjj groups and all the enthusiasm there is for it. We don’t ask for special all women classes, we make our own. You should check out women Open Mat all around North America and all the women giving seminars around the world.
Women CAN handle Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and there is many qualified black belt BJJ instructors out there for women to get their black belt from.
Here is the link to the post I am referring to: