Brazilian jiu jitsu (hereafter bjj) has become a wildly popular and fun, competitive sport. While the origins of Jiu Jitsu date back to Japan centuries ago, its integration and evolution have drastically changed to what it is today. While it may be a male-dominated sport, there’s several reasons to suggest that women should be utilizing it to their advantage more so. And since globally, almost one in three women have been subjected to physical or sexual violence, it is worth considering the utilization of BJJ as a means of protection instead of just play.
Before anything, Jiu Jitsu was created for self-defense. The original intention was for the soldier on the battlefield. Chokes and strangles weren’t mere points, it was a means of tactical combative strategy for survival. And while not every technique we use on the mats today is a good technique to use in a self-defense situation, fundamentally BJJ is still ideal for women or the smaller weaker person wanting to learn to protect themselves.
BJJ is systematically designed to be advantageous for women. What set’s BJJ apart from other arts or defenses is its centralized theme of controlling and overcoming an opponent that is bigger, stronger, and more aggressive. Smaller does not equate less lethal. Bigger does not mean better. Leveraging your body as a weapon is the essence.
Research proves self-defense works. Comparative studies have shown that women that completed thirty-hours of self-defense training versus those who didn’t, showed lower percentages of unwanted sexual contact. Further, studies have shown a decrease in the occurrence of violent assaults, the risk of assaults, and the likelihood of the rape.
Moreover, there’s many more reasons to get involved. People have reported repeatedly, benefits such as physical fitness, mental fortitude, and a sense of community as they learn. It’s added value in someone’s life for even a season is well worth the investment.
About the author: Mindi is a purple belt under Headnod HQ in Granite City, Illinois under Josh and Steve McKinney. She is affiliated with TAC Team BJJ. When Mindi isn’t on the mats, she is writing, working in women’s ministry, or across seas as a volunteer missionary. Instagram: @fomindi82