I have rolled with a woman exactly one time in the four months since I started training at Lincoln BJJ Center, and before that it had been a year (which was at the last comp I did). In the vast majority of BJJ classes I attend, I am the only female there. I get jealous when I see pictures from other schools, and there are almost as many women as men. That would be delightful!
I don’t think it’s just the places where I’ve trained, it seems as though there still aren’t very many women training Jiu-Jitsu in Nebraska, especially not in Lincoln. Even most of the women I’ve competed against haven’t been from NE, they’ve been from Iowa, Missouri, or Kansas. I guess since we are smack dab in the middle of the country, “trends” take longer to reach us, so maybe our time has yet to come.
I don’t want more women to do BJJ because I, personally, want to work with them (although it would be nice once in awhile!). I simply want more women to discover the love of Jiu-Jitsu, like I have. What it has done for me is tremendous, and I want my sisters to experience what it can do for them.
Part of my reason for starting this blog in the first place was because I wanted to attract women (locally or otherwise) into training Jiu-Jitsu, and on that front I feel like it’s been a big, fat fail. However, I’m not giving up, and someday I hope Nebraska, and the world, will be full of female grapplers. I think things will improve at LBJJC after the kid’s classes start, because we do seem to have a few girls in NE who like grappling, and they truly are the future.
“This goes out to all the women getting it in, you’re on your grind.
To other men that respect what I do, please accept my shine.” -Beyonce