This is probably the most inflammatory blog post title I’ve ever written. But I swear, I didn’t do it. Keith Owen did and I’m just jumping on the bandwagon to get some reaction.
I’ve trained with plenty of women in my Jiu-Jitsu classes. I haven’t really ever thought anything of it. I mean, I didn’t say things like, “Hey, that’s a girl” as I scratched my belly. I’ve always understood that we all seek these things out for our own reasons and I was always happy to have anyone new to our classes. I’ve thought, and I still think that women are the primary, most untapped market in this sport. It mixes cardio, yoga and self defense. And Jiu-Jitsu’s extremely social. I actually don’t get why more women aren’t involved.
I just read a post written by Keith Owen entitled “Can Women Really Handle Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?” I saw the link and duh, of course I clicked it. It’s like saying, “Should men go to church?” or “Why are white guys Democrats?” Posts and stories with titles like these are part of the reason we enjoy the internet so much. They’re juicy.
Keith writes that while women join his class and seem to enjoy it, “The ladies always stay for a short time but they ultimately quit.” I found that interesting.
At first, I thought of the females I’ve trained with and then I thought of the ones who’ve quit. Yeah, some have quit. But some have stayed too. And the ones who’ve stayed have earned stripes and belts and will continue to earn stripes and belts. I think they’re in it for the long haul.
I then thought of the guys I’ve trained with. And the ones who’ve quit. I have to tell you something that might shock you – a LOT of guys who’ve come through the doors of the schools I’ve trained at have disappeared into the abyss. I don’t know where they go, but I always enjoy the excuses they give for not coming back.
– I’m just too busy
– Too far away
– I’m scared
No one will really admit that last one, but if you get roughed up in a Jiu-Jitsu class and don’t return because of that, you might be scared, just a little. Scared of getting hurt or scared of the unknown. Who knows, but fear is involved.
Anyway, read Keith’s post and then come back here and let me know your thoughts. Is he spot on or is he way off? Are you a female who likes to train? Could wild horses drag you away? I’d like to know.