My recent post about deciding between an all-female environment and a co-ed environment for martial arts training piqued some interest, and though I’ve posted my five favorite resources for beginning BJJ players I wanted to focus specifically on helpful advice online about training as a woman (or training women).
These posts are almost all from the same site, Grapplearts, but they were written by very different people and had the best information I have found. I hope they are useful. If you’ve got other favorites, please post them in the comments.
- Why Should Women Grapple? Probably you already know the answer to that if you’re still reading, but a good review is always useful.
- A Girls Guide to Grappling: What You Need To Know Before You Start Rolling by Liz Posener is extremely helpful. Some of the tips are hard to swallow but I’ve found them to be fairly accurate.
- Tips For Female Grapplers is an amazing article by Krista Scott-Dixon (who is a goddess among women). Apparently, you need to watch out for her oma plata.
- Some Thoughts on Women, Combat Sports and Training, written by MMA fighter Rosi Sexton, is pretty spot on. Plus it tells you what it really means when the guys in your gym say you’re really strong.
Even though the above articles were written specifically for women who are grapplers, it can be useful for male instructors to read as well to understand the dynamics.
- How to Get More Women Into Grappling is specifically for coaches and gym owners and has some sound suggestions, though I disagree with Krista on the smell thing. (I don’t trust a gym that doesn’t reak of sweat and ammonia.)
And a couple posts that aren’t specifically for women but will apply for obvious reasons.
- The Larger, Stronger Opponent is useful for…anyone training against a larger, stronger opponent.
- Beating the Big Guy, Again is more of the same.
Best of luck on your journey.