Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an martial art that has been around for hundreds of years. In today’s world, it still remains popular because of the dynamic skill set that it creates and hard work that it demands. Across the world today there are millions of people who train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but there is one group that is making a serious impact…women!
Yes, you read that right!
Women are taking their rightful place in Jiu Jitsu and they are making it known all across the world!
Originally, given its somewhat aggressive and physical nature, Jiu Jitsu was considered a skill for men.
Times have changed!
Today, women all across the world, even young girls are taking up Jiu Jitsu. What’s so cool is that they are not only just doing it as a way to learn self-defense, but they are also doing it to feed their competitive drive! Let’s be honest, women like to win just as much as men. Sometimes even more. It is often said that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the “great equalizer”…it gives an even playing field for everyone. Whether you are naturally athletic, young, big, or old, it doesn’t matter. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that has to be mastered step by step.
In a world where women are often struggling to achieve the same rights as men, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives women just as much a chance as men!
The options for empowerment are endless!
Awesome workout? Check.
By taking up Jiu Jitsu, women get a great way to channel the stress of life while at the same time they are getting a GREAT workout!
A typical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training session is a dynamic workout that builds cardio, breathing, flexibility, and resistance! Most workouts struggle to hit all of those areas! BJJ does it the first time you hit the mat!
Stress? What’s That?
BJJ is ultimately a great way to get rid of stress! It also requires a great deal of concentration, determination, and stamina on the mat during a practice session to relive the amounts of stress. Let’s be honest, so many women struggle with stress. There’s the struggle to cook dinner, work, picking the kids up, managing date nights, and life just gets really busy. When dealing with so many things in life, stress is bound to appear. That’s why BJJ is so great, you can let all the problems of life go while you roll on the mat. A body that is not full of stress is fresher and more productive, which in turn boosts self-esteem and confidence.
Confidence? Yes, please.
What’s most awesome is that the thing many women often train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for it’s physical benefits, but what they find when they leave is that while they get in shape their confidence is growing!
BJJ is ultimately a great way to gain concentration, determination, and stamina on the mat which of course boosts confidence through the roof!
Come on, what can stop you now?
One of the biggest things that comes from training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that women become confident in every situation. Let’s be honest, almost every woman in the world has had a negative encounter with a man! It’s not a great situation, but it’s something that is true nonetheless. Training BJJ gives women the opportunity and the confidence to fight back! They say that if you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
In most cases, with a little Brazilian Jiu Jitsu up their sleeve, any woman should be able to control the situation and stand up for herself with confidence knowing that this can be overcome!
BJJ does a perfect job of showing women how to fight back in high pressure situations. It eliminates discomfort and teaches women how to disregard the fear of someone bigger, stronger, or more skilled. So not only are women achieving overall health and fitness, but they are learning to kicking some butt, while they do it!
The confidence that comes from knowing that you have the ability to defend yourself is one thing, but more importantly, the confidence that is built comes from being skilful, reaching goals, and being able to tackle fears.
And those are priceless!
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Empowerment Even for Young Girls?
BJJ is a GREAT skill that will empower women and will give them confidence and awareness in themselves! But think about how amazing it would be for young girls to develop the same traits!
Let’s be honest, self-esteem is a priceless trait for young girls! When they are able to be empowered they will be able to stand firm in their beliefs and not give in to others’ opinions and views. By allowing young women to work hard in training BJJ, what you will find is that like just like with anyone BJJ teaches how to overcome failure and set your own goals. When a young girl has self-esteem she knows that it’s okay not to be perfect, and works towards being her best self instead of trying to please everyone and losing her true self in the process.
Women, young and old will be ready to jump into new challenges and try life’s experiences with increased confidence. They will be certain in who they are and what they can do. In today’s society, this is a priceless gift that you can give to any woman. Why not start today?
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Professor Mikal Abdullah is a 2nd Degree BJJ Black Belt, veteran, father, philanthropist, and founder of Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. You can find her personal Instagram account with the handle @cerebralbjj or just stop by one of our locations and get a session in!