Women, Jiu Jitsu Could Save Your Life
I can't think of a better way to describe how I felt the first time I walked into my Jiu Jitsu class than the above graphic. On my first day of class, there were only two other women. In turn, this led me to do something I had not done since I played hockey: fight with the guys. I endured some interesting bruises all over my body and my muscles are usually pretty sore. However, I can't recall the last time that I've looked this awesome or had this much fun!
No matter where you are, learning self-defense is crucial, especially for women. Assailants typically see them as vulnerable. From my experience, so do much larger women in the class (yikes!). While women are not typically taught to fight back, it can save your life. So, what would I recommend?
While there are a variety of martial arts that involve grappling, Jiu Jitsu is easily my favorite. Jiu Jitsu utilizes all grappling forms and techniques to some degree. In sport tournaments, there are two divisions: gi and no-gi. From there, competitors are then divided into groups based on weight and experience. In both traditional and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, competitors utilize ground fighting and there is a focus on submissions without strikes.
Since I know I will have inspired at least one of you to go out and try it, here is the advice I can give you:
- Aim to train at least twice a week.
- Work out as much as possible to stay in shape.
- Hydrate a lot and watch your diet.
- Only talk about the training and don't complain unless you are seriously injured.
- Do your best not to giggle- you will be put in more than one awkward position.
- Pay attention! When the time comes, practice with your partner. Don't go "all out" until you grapple near the end of class.
- Wear little or no make-up.
- Keep your nails short and clean.
- Practice good hygiene.
- In all honesty, your hair is a hopeless case. Most women braid it, put it in pig tails, or wear a ponytail. To be honest, I have spent more time doing my hair for Jiu Jitsu than I did when I was in ballet! Bobby pin, spray, and pull your hair as tight as you can get it. Also, those elastic head bands? Don't bother- they will fall off.
- Invest in a mouth guard. I got mine at Wal Mart for ninety nine cents.
- A sports bra and any tight- fitting work out attire work well. I also highly recommend wearing full coverage underwear.