About Girls in Gis


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Girls in Gis (GIG) is an organization dedicated to building and strengthening the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community for women and girls and as a whole. We provide experiences that foster the community of women and girls in the martial art while encouraging new women and girls to participate. Our goal is to empower and unite women and girls in their martial arts training as well as in life.

The Girls in Gis community was founded in 2009 by Ashley Nguyen in Houston Texas. In a time when there were few Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies and few women the fist event had fifteen participants. The purpose has always been to provide a fun and friendly environment for women and girls to train in addison to providing a leadership opportunity for women. Girls in Gis started small but has grown tremendously in the past 15 years. We have hosted events in 25 US States and have 14 chapters nationwide.

The Girls in Gis Organization was founded in 2010 by Shama Ko.  She believed so much in the purpose of Girls in Gis she has dedicated her life to it. Her objective in developing the organization has always been to preserve the purpose of Girls in Gis while evolving the organization into what it is today.

“Strength in Solidarity” is our motto and it means that together we can accomplish more than we can alone. Whether it is inspiring the next generation for women in the martial art, earning respect as athletes, instructors and achieves equality in a male dominated sport or unifying the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community as a whole. Together the potential is limitless and all things are possible.

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