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GB Women : Prof. Jessica Oliveira

Gracie Barra recognizes the Gracie Barra Women training in GB academies all over the world.

In a series of articles on Graciebarra.com, we feature some high level women GB Professors who share their experiences and talk about the role that jiu-jitsu plays in their lives.

This week GB features Prof. Jessica Oliveira of Gracie Barra in Glendale, California.

 

 

 

 

 

1) Can you tell the Gracie Barra readers a little about your background?
Where are you from and how did you get started in training jiu-jitsu?

Yes I can. I am from the state of Amazonas, Brazil. I started jiu-jitsu through Sensei Henrique Machado. At that time I was training wrestling in his gym under José Falabella Neto.

2) What do you say to women who ask you about trying jiu-jitsu classes?
How do you see jiu-jitsu improving the life of women who train?

I always encourage women to try jiu jitsu. Most people, especially women are intimidated at first. So I let them know that it is an art that allows you tonteias your mind and forget about normal stresses of everyday life. It really can change your life.
Jiu jitsu builds confidence in a unique was and thrusts very empowering for women.

3) What is the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in your training?
How did you overcome it?
Are there any unique challenges that a female Bjj student faces?

My biggest obstacle was that I had no confidence in myself. I overcame that by training more and more and never giving up. Every woman is different and has different challenges. Some women do not trust themselves or others. Some women do not feel comfortable training with men. And there are many different challengers for all types of people. This is what make jiu jitsu so great. It gives people he power to overcome so many different challenges. This will most definitely improve their lives and their lifestyles.

4) What is the place of jiu-jitsu in your life?
How do the lessons from the mat apply to your life outside of the academy?

Jiu Jitsu changed my life completely. I left everything and everyone in my life in Brazil to move to America. It was very challenging and scary. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, but I did it for my passion of the art. I love Jiu Jitsu and I have no regrets in my journey. I love, breathe, sleep, and wake to jitsu. Everything in my life is related to jiu jitsu. I have a well balanced life and a hard working attitude. I never give up. These are some of the characteristics that I have gained from jiu jitsu.

5)What is the single best piece of training advice that someone gave you about jiu-jitsu?

My best advice came from my Sensei Henrique Machado. He believed in me since the beginning when I was a brand new white belt.

He always advised me to be dedicated, focused and loyal to everything I did. Today I am grateful to all the councils that he gave me. My goal is to pass on as much of the lessons I learned from him, to my students. If I accomplish his goal, I know I will change many lives for the better.

Instagram: @jehflowersbjj
Facebook: Jessica Flowers https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001861319179

See also on Gracie Barra : 4 Most Important Guard Attacks You Should Learn
http://graciebarra.com/2017/04/gb-learning-4-most-important-guard-attacks-you-should-learn/

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Instagram: @bjjmarkmullen

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