Ode to the Women of Jiu Jitsu

1:11 AM Moo 6 Comments

Here's to the girls who train even when they're the only female on the mat
and those who embrace other women without question when they are not.
Here's to the women who refuse to fall into the "female cattiness trap"
or the "women don't get along" narrative.
Here's the women who let go of their ego and embrace the sisterhood, but still battle fiercely.
To the women who will roll with anyone, at any time and any place.
Here's to the women who come straight from work, jump out of heels and makeup and into a gi.
Or those who roll with a full face, setting spray and eyebrows on point.
To the women who tie their hair up onto their heads in a tight warrior knot
or those who constantly adjust it while they train.
Here's to the women who stuff themselves into spats and rashguards
refusing to let insecurities stop them from the grind.
Here's to the girls who pour every ounce of themselves into their training-
and proudly earn their rank with no excuse or exceptions.
Here's to the Jiu-Jitsu mamas, raising tiny mat terrors in gis
and to those who train when they can and those who never miss a class.
From the gentle giants and the little mercenaries-
To the A0 ladies and the A6 curvies.
Here's to the women who call into work to make those out of town competitions
and the women who budget tournaments in with groceries and graduate school.
Here's to the women who continue to defy stereotypes,
who put up so much resistance that new divisions and weight classes were created.
Here's to the women who demand equality and call for a seat at the table,
but make their own space without apology.
Here's to the women of Jiu-Jitsu.
May we know them, may we raise them, may we be them!


The Jiu Jitsu Struggle is Real: Game of Thrones Edition

6:23 AM Moo 0 Comments

Showing up to practice in a new gi....

When you're trying to roll but someone keeps explaining the moves to you.....

When black belts see you hitting the move of the day....

When you get someone in a submission and they say it was all strength....

How you walk back to the line after tapping your opponent just before time....

When you and your Jiu Jitsu ladies gang up on a dude with an ego......

When you heel hook a white belt.................

When my boyfriend double wrist locked me........

The seal of approval after the first roll with a worthyopponent....

When a male training partner treats you with kid gloves and asks if you're okay during a roll.....

When you've rolled off the mat and your partner uses it as an opportunity to go for a submission.....