***UPDATE: Thank you to those that have already sent in their answers. It was brought to my attention that it was not clear if this questionnaire is directed to women in Asia only. This is open to all women that are currently training BJJ, regardless of geography.

Hello Ladies,

I was recently inspired to write a piece on the female BJJ experience and would like to invite all the female practitioners to help in responding to some questions. Please send all your replies to my e-mail: bjjasia@gmail.com

I will use the answers I've received to write a full article on the subject and give some more insight to what inspired this piece. All your personal information will be kept private and will not be shared publicly but it's ensure that I am receiving authentic feedback. The cut-off date to send in your answers will be March 2nd.



years training bjj:

other martial arts experience:

1. Do you believe women are motivated by the same things as men when starting BJJ?

2. How have one's looks come into play at the gym-space in regards to attention from others (both men & women)? How hard do other train with you? help? give advice?

3. Have there ever been female rivalries within the same gym? Or do you find there is an instant camaraderie because there are so few women in BJJ?

4. Do you find yourself being more sensitive to how other female bjj-ers project or handle themselves at the gym/tournament because it may reflect back to you?

5. Do you believe undo credit is given to female-bjjers or even professional fighters because of their looks and marketability?


Anonymous said...

There are a lot of female judo players. BUT the big difference is judo centers around throwing, and pins (which happen rarely anyway) are in side control kesa gatame, off to one side.

So female judo players have, first, more female judo players to practice with, than is usual for female BJJ players and, second, physical contact is limited - no guys lying on top of the chest (BJJ side control); no wrapping of legs around a guy and shoving the intimate parts against their waist; and don't get me started on triangles, which are really yucky for some girls regardless of applying or defending.

In short, a girl can't be shy if she wants to do jiu jitsu. There is no way around the physical contact, in judo the contact is much reduced.

Of course girls are doing wrestling in the States now, so notions of what is ok may change.

These issues affect a lot of women in the states. I can't begin to imagine how they affect Asian women, who are notoriously more shy to begin with.

My wife says she will do jiu jitsu, but only if there is a woman's only class.

patrick said...

Living in Japan, I've actually had the opportunity to spar against female Judo players. They're not as "notoriously shy" as most would believe. There is a healthy dose of newaza in Judo class, but the emphasis is of course not on submissions (which changed when the sensei found out I was a BJJ practitioner).

Also BJJ is not as popular as Judo, which would point to the small numbers. But I think it has to do more with the "resistance" factor than anything else. There are more female practitioners of Aikido and Shotokan Karate (small level of resistance) than Judo (big level of resistance, plus getting tossed on the ground looks like it hurts more than a punch or kick).

Btw, Luke, I'm linking this page from my blog. I'm a big supporter of women and I'm curious as to read your article when you're done writing it.

luke said...

Hey Patrick,

Thanks for the support. I follow your blog as well and will let you know when the article is ready. The response so far has been great.


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