The Girls in Gis of Tulsa, Oklahoma were out in full force last month. With 28 women on the mats, Purple belt Kim Blake taught a great self defense seminar at Apollo’s Martial Arts Academy. Kim showed the women, many of who had never attended a GIG event, how to defend against a hair grab, a headlock defense, and a weapon defense against guns.
The girls finished up the session with a few friendly competitions. Starting with a solo race that involved bear crawling to one end, and shrimping back to finish. The partner challenge required quite a bit of leg strength. The pairs had to sit back to back like they were in a chair, and the last one sitting wins.
The community of women in Girls in Gis Oklahoma is growing and leaving a lasting impression among each other on the mat. Women of all ranks, some at their first event and others as returning veterans, are coming together to embody what it means to be a girl in a gi.
Thank you to our photographers Elaine and Shannon. Thank you to Apollo Martial Arts and Kim Blake for hosting this GIG event.