Top Five Reasons Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the Best Self Defense System for Women

Female Self Defense

Coming from a family of women—I know the importance of how to be street smart. I know how to be aware of my surroundings and how to be skeptical of certain meetings and situations.

 

For some women, however, that might not be the case—or they might not have ever been introduced to someone who’s shown them how.

 

However, what if there was a simple club where you were given an opportunity to develop confidence in your abilities and taking an opponent down who may be much larger than you?

 

In a world, where, unfortunately, you have to stay on your toes at all times, having something in your back pocket (literally and metaphorically) to help you fight back when situations take a turn for the worse can mean the difference between survival and not.

 

Being a former athlete, the appeal of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lies not only its athletic nature but also the sense of competition.

 

Whether you’ve been an athlete all your life and are looking for a challenge or you want to get in shape and learn how to fight back—Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the perfect self-defense martial art to tackle.

 

If I haven’t quite convinced you yet, here are my top five reasons why you should start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu—tomorrow!

 

Seriously, enroll yourself in the nearest class:

 

1. With this Martial Art, Size Doesn’t Really Matter

Unlike a lot of other sports, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is actually an art form where the smaller-sized fighter can even have an advantage. It is specifically designed to help the “weaker” opponent take down a much stronger fighter.

 

You can use technique and fighting IQ to help outmaneuver and defeat a larger opponent.

 

With this detail in mind, it means Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t limiting whether you can fight against a man or a woman or you have to find someone that is exactly your size, height, and skill level.

 

The knowledge you’ll develop can also help you defend yourself against a bigger and stronger attacker, if the need ever did arise.

 

2. It is One of the Most Powerful Forms of Self-Defense—Statistically

Are you looking for the perfect martial arts to begin learning and practicing? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu statistically has helped women over the years approach conflict with knowledge and training.

 

Even if you find yourself on the ground—Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is specifically designed to help you become skilled in ground fighting.

 

3. It Neutralizes Body Negativity—and Focuses on Ability, Instead

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great sport-art to help combat body negativity—which is so prevalent in women of all ages. Instead of focusing on the appearance of the body, a fighter is more focused on their body’s ability to move rather than its looks.

 

You will learn how to appreciate your body for its capabilities AND its appearance, helping you develop self-confidence.

 

However, although it helps you shy away from a focus on body image—it still does the body a whole lot of good!

 

While training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you’ll get a whole lot of physical benefits, too, like weight loss, toning, improving your cardiovascular and muscular health, flexibility, endurance, and coordination.

 

Whether you’re looking to get stronger, lose weight or maintain a strong physique, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can help you meet your goals.

 

4. Challenges Your Body and Your Mind

Especially for ex-athletes, the feeling of competitiveness never really goes away. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be a great outlet for not only physical competition but also mental challenges.

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches its students about composure in stressful situations and helps you take control of your fight-or-flight instinct. This can easily be transferred to everyday stressful situations, too.

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training can help transform you into a more confident person, with the courage to confront any problem you may be having with a calm, sense of clarity.

 

Physically, of course, tackling each goal after another or defeating your opponent can also be proven as challenges that, when overcome, can help give you happiness and a sense of achievement.

 

Mentally, you’ll be challenged at every training—not only because of its level of difficulty, but also because of the strategy of the martial art. It can help you develop mental toughness and discipline in this demanding sport-art.

 

If you still feel that the sense of competitiveness deep down inside you isn’t fulfilled with your days at the gym, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can help give you your fight back.

 

5. And Finally—You Can Be Apart of a Community of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fighters

Whether you’re looking for friends or want to work together toward a common goal, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and enrolling in a gym can help you meet like-minded people and create that sense of community your life has been missing.

 

Whether you’re training together, learning from one another or simply building that bond over a common interest of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the sport is a fantastic way to meet people who are humble and open to let you into their lives.

 

Creating friendships aren’t only good to improve in the sport by taking advice, they also help promote a much happier and healthier lifestyle—especially for your mental health.

 

You’ll be able to meet all kinds of levels of fighters, from all different ages, and all different genders. Although this isn’t necessarily a factor just for women—you’ll meet women, men, and children, alike—a girl can’t have too many friends!

 

On the other hand, if you already have your circle of friends and yet are left feeling unfulfilled, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community can give you the opportunity to bond with people who put health first and are fighting for similar goals as you are.

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Benefits

I hope that this article has given you a few reasons to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu today. Although you might not know about a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym in your area—you might be surprised how near one is to you!

 

Also, most Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gyms often offer the first lesson and walk-through for free, meaning you can try it out and see if it’s for you!


Adriana Rodrigues

Adriana is a freelance writer and published author. She is a former professional athlete. Follow her on Instagram

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