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BJJ vs Non-BJJ folk’s reaction to Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu

BJJ vs Non-BJJ folk’s reaction to Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu

After the phenomenal conversation that took off on my blog about the Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu video, I realized a few things about this video: It’s not for me. I’m already in the Cult of Jiu Jitsu. I’ve drunk the Flavor-aid. I’m converted. Shut up and take my money. It’s an ad, not […]

BJJ Women: “Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu” messages

BJJ Women: “Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu” messages

There’s a video going around the internet called “Why Women Should Train Jiu Jitsu.” The video is respectful toward women. There is no speaking, and it’s safe for work, so you can watch it without sound if you need. It’s worth a watch: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HFsyBG95rg] Katie from A Skirt on the Mat wrote about it yesterday. She wrote that […]

BJJ: THE Best Reason to do Jiu Jitsu

BJJ: THE Best Reason to do Jiu Jitsu

Have you ever heard people judge someone for doing BJJ for “the wrong reasons” or heard “that’s not why you should do BJJ?” Here is the absolute BEST reason to do jiu jitsu – the one that trumps them all. This is not specific to jiu jitsu – it’s about ANY healthy endeavor in life […]

BJJ and Women: The Importance of SAFE Minority Spaces

BJJ and Women: The Importance of SAFE Minority Spaces

When I started doing BJJ, I lucked out in finding jiujitsuforums.com. It’s literally the only forum I know where a “Hot Girls in BJJ” thread was immediately shot down by a man saying “I strongly dislike the idea of this thread. Females in our sport have a hard enough time without being further sexualized by […]

BJJ and Women: Suck It Up

BJJ and Women: Suck It Up

Since starting jiu jitsu, between forums, this blog, and emails, I’ve received several messages that told me to “deal with it” with varying degrees of kindness. Sometimes it’s rudely in response to discussions about male privilege in BJJ, sometimes it’s about gendered comments, sometimes it’s kindly in response to discussions about what women should or […]