Labor Day weekend kicked off with the Girls in Gis Oklahoma Special Event in Broken Arrow Oklahoma! Proving once again that Jiu-Jitsu is the glue that sticks us together. No matter where we are in the world, no matter what team we represent, or belt we wear around our waist, we are all a part of the Jiu-Jitsu family. Although we are from different teams, academies, lifestyles, backgrounds, cultures and regions, Jiu-Jitsu breaks those barriers. And GIG events help to bring us together so that we can discover that we have a lot more in common than we think.
Girls in Gis participants traveled from all across Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. One dedicated woman came all the way from Mexico. In total ,eight-four females ranging in ages from six to sixty-four shared the mats together through the three hour event. Twenty-Seven different academies were represented on the mats and fourteen females shared their first introduction to Jiu-Jitsu.
Triton Female Fight Team and Summer Krause-Wilhelm were tremendously helpful and vital to the success of the event. Summer’s natural leadership abilities and expertise on the mats shined through as she lead the women and girls through a series of technical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sequences, choke holds and submissions.
The Girls in Gis Oklahoma featured giveaways from our sponsors: Defense Soap, Century Martial Arts, Neocell, Just a Girl in a Jiu-Jitsu World, Girlzilian Femjitsu, American Grappling Federation, Girlz BJJ Lifestylez, Massage Envy, Gi Freak and Real Pretty Flowers. Giveaways included gis, patches, gift cards, apparel, nutritional products, magazines and competitor entry’s fee to two girls. Congratulations also goes to our physical challenge and raffle winners.
Each GIG event always gives back to the community, and the Girls in Gis Oklahoma special event benefited a local non-profit, Domestic Violence Intervention Services. A huge amount of in-kind donations were raised for this women and children’s shelter in Tulsa Oklahoma.
This was the first event of its kind in Oklahoma and judging by the turnout, GIG will be back! GIG OKlahoma wouldn’t have been possible if not for the support and generosity of Triton Fight Center, Summer Krause-Wilhelm, Piet Wilhelm, Triton Fight Center Female team and all of our sponsors. Thank you also to our photographers Becky and Lauren. And thank you to everyone for making this event possible and for those who joined us in making history. Together we helped make a difference.