It looks like the turnout for the Jiu-Jitsu State Games tomorrow isn’t going to be very good, and most of the people signed up are Lincoln BJJ students. Some of the guys are complaining that there’s no one in their division, or that they don’t want to compete against people who they roll with every day, and I can understand where they’re coming from, but as a woman I’ve always had to deal with those kind of things. Ever since I first started competing six years ago, there has NEVER been anyone in my weight/age/belt bracket, so us females rarely get what you might call a “fair match”. One time I even drove to Kansas City for a tournament, only to discover that the only other woman competing was one of my teammates (who easily beat me, as I knew she would).
A few of the LBJJC guys have said that they’re just going to ask for refunds of their entry fee, instead of competing with teammates, or going outside of their divisions, and in my case, it appears that the only other woman signed up in gi is a heavyweight white belt who outweighs me by about fifty pounds, so I do wonder if the risk vs. reward ratio is actually worth it. To be honest, a big part of me just wants to say fuck it and go help out with the Karate tournament instead, because I know that they could use me (since I’m one of only a few people who understands how to run the tables).
However, Sir Conan worked hard to have Jiu-Jitsu be initially included in the Cornhusker State Games in 2010, and although the people who took over the tournament probably could have done a better job of getting the word out that it’s back now (after a hiatus of a few years), I don’t think dropping out and asking for refunds is going to help make things any better in the future. If we really want to support local Jiu-Jitsu, I think the best thing to do is just show up, and compete with whoever we can!