The fear of rolling with other women

I was fearless, that is, until I went to an all-female open mat.

All of a sudden I was surrounded by women that did jiu-jitsu. I was nervous and had no idea how to act around them. We seemed to notice everything about each other: hair, makeup, new gi, old gi, new belt, old belt, patches, nail polish, braids, embroidery, no kids, lots of kids, big chest, small butt, weird lips…. I was not in Kansas anymore.

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Women reaching high level belts in BJJ

BJJ has been a personal journey for most practitioners, most are very honest in saying how it changed or even saved their lives. It is this essence that I tried to capture in talking specifically to local female practitioners about what they love and why they stuck with BJJ.

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