Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, like many martial arts, is a male dominated discipline. But women interested in this self-defense technique should know that it has benefits far beyond the confidence inspired by being able to protect yourself. As a head instructor at Gracie Barra Spring Lake, where women’s self-defense is taught, Rafael Jovet-Ramos recognizes the empowering benefits of the discipline.
Your Smaller Size Can Work to Your Advantage
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, proper technique is more important than size as the sport is centered on the idea that a smaller person can use leverage and technique to defend themselves against someone of a larger stature. Dominating in this sport does center around technique; a small person can easily take down someone who may weigh twice as much.
Helping Women to Embrace Their Bodies
Sadly, body image is a sore point for many women as they are bombarded daily with unrealistic expectations splashed throughout much of the media. Not only is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu great exercise, but it also empowers students by teaching them how they can use their body to their benefit, no matter what it looks like. While participating in Jiu-Jitsu, the focus becomes the technique, rather than the size or shape of the body. The natural flexibility of the longer and more elastic muscles that women typically have is yet another advantage.
Professor Rafael Jovet-Ramos is the Head Instructor for Gracie Barra Spring Lake in Spring Lake, North Carolina.