How NOT to train with women in Jiu-Jitsu class
First, a brief history of Jiu-Jitsu and why it is the perfect martial art in regards to self-defense, especially for women:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art combat system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda, and Soshihiro Satake.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of Judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie as well as other instructors specifically for street self-defense and to prove that size and strength are not everything. Years later it is still being utilized by nearly every mixed martial artist on every level.
Helio Gracie was often described as small and frail which immediately put him at a major disadvantage when it came to combat sports so if he wanted to be competitive he had to figure something out. What he figured out revolutionized martial arts and is beautiful in its simplicity: technique and leverage will overcome nearly any size and strength advantage.
What Helio developed was a method of utilizing technique and various leverage points to nullify his opponent’s strength and size advantage. This became the epitome of what defines Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
However; what Helio did not teach, is how to appropriately roll with the opposite sex. Whether that new girl in your Jiu-Jitsu class is smoking hot and you want to get to know her, you want to hit on her, or it just happens to be that she is the only one left to partner up with, here are a few do’s and don’ts…
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…