About 6 years ago my husband (boyfriend at the time) went to take a Jiu Jitsu class. After a few classes he was allowed to “roll live” (meaning he was able to “wrestle” with another student one on one to work on multiple skills until someone “tapped out.”) He ended up being paired up with a young woman who was a blue belt at the time. Even though he was new to Jiu Jitsu and she had been training for a while he decided he would “go easy on her” since he had about 30-40lbs on her. They begin round 1 and she gets him to tap out. So, he decides in round 2 he won’t hold back as much and again she submits him. Finally, in round 3 he decides not to hold back at all and she STILL catches him in a submission and he has to tap out. It was after that class he told me I should also join him in class to learn Jiu Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a sport that was created for smaller people to be able to submit or dominate a larger opponent. As a woman, this is an invaluable skill to have, God forbid you end up in a situation where a man ends up on top of you.
See what these moms have to say about why all moms should train BJJ:
“Jiu Jitsu is empowering as a female and a mom. I feel confident that I can protect myself and my son. Because I’ve done it for so long I’m able to beat most guys I train with. It’s a great sport for woman because it’s not about how powerful or strong you are (although it can help) but it’s more about technique. Plus, the entire time I’m training I get an awesome workout and have a ton of fun with my team mates.” – Miriam
“BJJ is a wonderful sport for women. First reason being the self defense skills that are learned . BJJ is a grappling sport and learning on how to move and defend when being attacked from someone on top of you is priceless! I love how being on the mats training BJJ guys and girls are equal and age doesn’t matter. What does matter is how much heart you have and how hard you work. I am definitely a different person since learning BJJ. I definitely have more confidence and have gotten into good shape all while having fun! I am lucky that my husband and kids also train so it has become a fun family adventure. Saturdays are the best because we are usually all together training. When we are home eating lunch after training we are all laughing and sharing our experiences of what we learned. It is great mother, daughter, husband and wife bonding time.” – Sandi
“Jiu Jitsu is a big time stress reliever, “you time”, and great exercise. It has taught me to be more confident and try things I’m not used to. I have learned to believe in myself and have found I am capable of things I never knew I had in me. Jiu jitsu has changed me for the better in so many ways and I share this passion with my daughter who has been doing it over 5 years now which is pretty darn cool! I love that I can set goals and work hard to achieve them and be a good role model for my girls.” – Shannon