Women in Jiu Jitsu and Other Combat Sports

Jiu Jitsu (The Gentle Art of Self-Defense)


Welcome to Girl-Jitsu, a company that proudly supports women and girls who train in jiu jitsu and other combat sports. We encourage females of all ages to empower themselves by training in jiu jitsu, a discipline specifically designed for the smaller, oftentimes weaker individual, who finds herself in a precarious situation against a larger attacker. Jiu jitsu emphasizes leverage and momentum as opposed to strength to fight off an aggressor. It is one of the most practical forms of self-defense when utilized in a real-life scenario. We hope you enjoy your time exploring our site and learning about our company.

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Girl-Jitsu is always looking for a few more good women to contribute articles to our site. We pride ourselves on being a platform for females in jiu jitsu — and other combat sports — to have their voices heard. Share your opinions, experiences, advice and thoughts with other ladies across the globe. This is also a great opportunity to network and learn from others who put in time on the mat. Send articles (300+) words — with pictures — to editorial@girl-jitsu.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Happy training!

Bridging the gap from paper to pain

Bridging the gap from paper to pain

Being a martial artist is much like being in the military. What is the scariest thing to come out of a 2nd Lt’s mouth? ‘In my experience…’ What’s the last thing you want to hear from your martial arts instructor? ‘In theory…’ As a military desk jockey, it is a professional obligation to seek outside of myself. As my under fire time is nil, it is my job to ask the questions – as an infantryman, mortarman, gunner, Ranger, pilot, sniper, Green Beret, SEAL – what can you tell me that betters my understanding so that I may make more informed decisions and recommendations? As a martial artist, I have the opportunity to put theory into application. My favorite thing to hear after bowing onto the mat is, ‘Here’s what I’ve been playing with…’ Martial systems such as jiu-jitsu that introduce students to sparring from the beginning are ideal. In a lab where your ego and a few bruises are the only real consequences, one can really begin to (individually) test what works and what doesn’t. From my own self-defense applications, I find that stress inoculation and situational awareness are vastly more immediately critical than a repertoire of technique. Submitted by Meg Greer... read more

Wait on the weight

What advice do you have for maintaining or losing weight during this Holiday season?

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Don't train to win; train to fight

Many times people get caught up in winning that they don’t realize the true journey of jiu jitsu is not the amount of medals you can accumulate, but how the art is supposed to better you as a person altogether.

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Deliberate Practice

There are many ways to train, but Deliberate Practice can be an effective way of progressing and getting better.

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Why Did I Get My Blue Belt?

Why did I get my blue belt? Last year had been a busy year. I had gone from being a one-stripe white belt to competing and had even won a (gold!) medal. But I was dissatisfied with the simplicity of my game, and I had a lot of other things on my mind. Compounding that, I had recently and completely unexpectedly earned my blue belt. Only a few short weeks later, I received the dubious honor of an ‘invitation’ — along with my fellow new blue belts — to an upcoming afternoon with our professor during which he would identify and correct major mistakes remaining in our games. Feeling despair starting to overtake my new confidence, I wanted to know more about this proposed inquisition. After a talk with my professor at a coffee shop, my mind was slightly more at ease. An hour after our talk, my brain ablaze with advice, although my mind slightly more at ease. Do I Deserve My Blue Belt? My first question had been to ask how I had managed to earn a blue belt if in fact I and my teammates’ skills were still under review. My professor responded that blue belts are often given based on effort and attendance , averaging at around 18 months, because the professors recognize that actual mastery of the curriculum is a life-long process. My professor said that he himself was still continuing to learn new grips and angles for actions as ‘simple’ as the scissor sweep. That being said, once you are a colored belt, you can become a target for both the higher-level belts and all the white belts, and there is some minimum stuff... read more

Do I need a mouthguard for jiu jitsu?

It’s one of the most debated topics in jiu jitsu gyms: is using a mouthguard necessary when training or fighting jiu jitsu? There are arguments to support both sides of the issue. Some argue it’s an absolute necessity, while others say it’s pointless to have. Who is right? We asked a few jiu jitsu practitioners what they thought. Alexis: “I train jiu jitsu in Miami. I never use a mouthguard. To me, it seems ridiculous. It hinders my breathing, and if someone attempts a rear naked choke I’m paranoid about biting down too hard or swallowing it. I have enough going on trying to breathe without the extra stress of worrying about choking on a foreign object. I’ve never been hit hard in the mouth, so I don’t see the need for it. Maybe it’s just me.” Jenn: “I train jiu jitsu in Fort Lauderdale, and the guys are tough. Sometimes I catch an elbow to the mouth accidentally, but it still hurts, especially with braces. I have no choice but to wear a mouthguard for braces. I’m used to it by now, so it doesn’t really bother me to train with it. I think it makes my cardio better. I invested in a good mouthguard from Impact Custom Mouthguard. I’m not taking any chances.” Sara: “I train jiu jitsu in Miami and I use a mouthguard. It’s always better safe than sorry. Just my luck, the minute I don’t wear one I know I’m gonna get clocked in the mouth real hard by accident. I rather split my lip than chip a tooth.” Morgan: “My jiu jitsu school is in Fort...

Another Fake BJJ ‘Black Belt’ Busted

There are many fake black belts out there looking to make a quick buck from unsuspecting potential students. If you’re looking for a legitimate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school, please do your research properly and thoroughly. Your best bet would be to look up schools with reputations (including the number of black belts, brown belts, purple belts and even blue belts are in the school), then narrow it down by area. Or you can go to tournaments, watch and ask around. Do not choose a school based on price. In most cases, you get what you pay for. Skimping on price could lead to pretty crappy quality. On the flip-side, paying thousands of dollars a month may not be the best bet either. Balance between what you are looking for and a price range within your comfort zone — give or take a little on the price. Here we see another fake black belt being called out. The jiu jitsu community is too small for someone to pretend to be a black belt, let alone open up a school as a fake black belt. But, sadly, some people just don’t learn. If you are looking to make quick money and take advantage of people, jiu jitsu is not where you want to do it. You will eventually be found...

Felice Herrig Not Cut Out to be a ‘Ninja’

She looks better in the cage than she does traversing an obstacle course. Felice Herrig takes a major dive on the popular obstacle course show “American Ninja Warrior.” No athlete has won the title of “American Ninja Warrior” to date, despite individuals and athletes of various sports and skill levels competing on the...

Jessamyn Duke May Have A Future in the WWE

Ronda Rousey is not the only UFC female fighter the WWE has its eye on. There have been talks about signing the organization signing Bantamweight contender and “Four Horsewomen” member Jessamyn Duke. So much so that there are already ideas for her television storyline. Word is, if Duke loses her next UFC fight against Elizabeth Phillips (who she has beaten before via guillotine choke back in 2012 as an amateur) in Chicago on July 25, executives at the WWE are looking to sign her by the company. Ronda Rousey successfully paired up with the Duane “The Rock” Johnson during a special appearance and fans of both the UFC and WWE called to see more of the Bantamweight Champion in the ring. WWE Megastar Triple H is pushing for the World Wrestling Federation to use women more as main characters and leads in the organization, as he feels Rousey proved women can carry the weight of bring high-profile “Superstars.” The WWE has already started mimicking the “Four Horsewomen” concept, which is actually a throwback reference to an old pro wrestling group that centered around “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair; but the concept has been altered to feature four “NXT Divas” instead of men. According to sources, WWE is talking about bringing Duke – a former model – to take part in the “WWE Diva Search” contest, which is a reality show contest where fans vote to see which attractive woman (or women) will become the newest “WWE Diva(s),” a term describing a female wrestler inside the...

Torres: ‘I Would Be A Better Fight Than Penne’

UFC strawweight Tecia Torres recently said in an interview that she believes her “fighting Joanna (Jedrzejczyk) is a fight fans would want to see more than (Jessica) Penne fighting the division champ.” “Who I think is going to win is Joanna. I think Jessica Penne is a good fighter. I don’t know if I see Joanna TKOing Jessica like she did to Carla, because I think Carla’s striking is not as good as Penne’s.” Torres outlined the fight as she sees it: “If it goes to the ground, Penne has a chance of submitting Joanna, but I don’t think she’s going to be able to bring it to the ground. Carla couldn’t do it, and she was basically the best wrestler in the division. So I think it’s going to be a fight on the feet, but I think Joanna is bigger than Penne and stronger, so I think she’s going to win.” Torres is scheduled to fight at UFC 188 Saturday, June...

Ronda to Cris: ‘You’re on the Clock!’

In a recent interview, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey said Cris “Cyborg” Justino has a two year deadline to fight her, after which she is moving on. Rousey likened their rivalry to that of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao: “Pacquiao vs. Mayweather had a five-year build up and it earned 5.5 million buys. We are at about three (years). So I would say, I’ll keep my hopes up until five (years), then I’m moving on after that.” Rousey has always said she would face Cyborg in the Cage, as long as she can make the cut to 135lbs. Meanwhile, Rousey is set to face one of Justino’s fellow country women — Bethe Correia — August 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at UFC 190. Cyborg has yet to officially cross over to the...

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Hey, ladies, Girl-Jitsu wants to know about your upcoming events and tournaments in your area. We want to give as much exposure to events primarily for women or led by women. We also want to list as many tournaments as possible so other women can learn of the numerous opportunities out there to compete. If you know of any upcoming events and tournaments, let us know. Email us at editorial@girl-jitsu.com. Happy training!

Looking For Every Day MaMAs

What’s tougher than training and competing regularly? Training and competing regularly while being a mom! Girl-Jitsu wants to highlight those Pretty.Tough. moms who somehow find the time to do it all: train, compete, work and raise a family. If you know of any email us at editorial@girl-jitsu.com so we can spotlight them on our web site. We look forward to your submissions!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitor

Kloe “Bug” Darcey Nickname: “Bug” Age: 12 (As of August 2015) Home: Saint Augstine, Fl Training Schedule: 3-­4 days a week Years of Training: 5 1/2 Academy Affiliate: Roberto Traven BJJ Gym/school: Fighting Chance BJJ Coaches: Kevin Synan (black belt) Christy Synan (brown belt) Julian Synan (brown belt) Tournament Record: 13­3 ­ Total number of tournament matches 16 (As of August 2015)
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