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Women Only BJJ classes are on now at CAIA Perth.
The number one reason women are usually recommended to start training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for self protection. This makes sense because Jiu Jitsu is designed for weaker, smaller people to defeat larger attackers by using technique rather than strength.
That being said, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is much more than just self defence. You’ll get into great shape, meet and connect with some amazing people, and have a lot of fun - and that's just the beginning!
If you know a woman or ARE a woman who’s been thinking about stepping onto the BJJ mats, there are plenty of reasons to start now - other than choking out potential attackers.
1. It teaches you to love your body for what it can do rather than for what it looks like.
Statistics show that women are much more likely to suffer from focusing on how small their waist is or how big their bust is or how their body doesn’t look like the body they want.
Jiu jitsu erases a lot of those insecurities by showing you all the awesome things your body can do. Do you have any idea how cool it is to choke someone out with the help of the thighs you once hated? Do you know what it feels like to find out that you have ridiculously flexible shoulders that make you pretty much UN-omo-plata-able?
Jiu jitsu will show you that all that exercise will get you closer to the body you’ve always wanted, while at the same time you’ll be way more invested in your abilities than your appearance.
2. You don’t need to be a bodybuilder or national champion to be good at it.
It can be really intimidating to walk into a martial arts dojo and see really fit guys smashing the hell out of each other, but Brazilian Jiu Jitsu allows anyone to beat the crap out of anyone else. Isn’t that beautiful? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is all about technique overcoming brute strength. You don’t need to be a former championship wrestler or a beefed-up weightlifter to dominate your opponent. While that’s certainly good from a self-defence viewpoint, it’s also great for those of us who have lived our lives thinking that only large, muscly dudes can be successful in contact sports.
3. The sisterhood is like no other.
The people you train with in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are bound to become your non-biological family. It’s hard not to become close with someone when you’re sweating all over each other and place your safety in each other’s hands.
And Women in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu don’t tear each other down, they lift each other up – sometimes literally, if they can get the leverage just right.
4. BJJ challenges stereotypes about what a woman “should” or “shouldn’t” do.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a giant middle finger to every time someone has dissed you for being unladylike or tried to put you in your “place” as a woman.
On the mats, everyone is equal; there is no gender. You will get your butt handed to you just as much as the men do, and you’ll also dish out a fair bit of butt-handing yourself.
5. It makes you a positive role model for younger girls.
Throughout the childhood of a little girl, she will meet all kinds of women that she will potentially look up to. When you’re a woman who does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’re providing your sisters with a role model who practices healthy habits, is disciplined, and can handle herself.
At CAIA we know how intimidating it can be as a female to take your first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class surrounded by a bunch of sweaty dudes. At CAIA we make it easier to get a basic understanding of this incredible system before you jump into the deep end. And when you do, they better look out!
Whether you’re interested in self defense, fitness, or joining an awesome community, we welcome you at CAIA to take your first steps on an unforgettable journey.
You will need: workout clothes, water bottle, towel, mouthguard.