The UKBJJA has set a goal: to get more women involved in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
As a martial art, it is rapidly on the increase in the UK and a more and more women and girls of all ages are practising BJJ across the UK. We have had five female World Champions in the sport in the last 3 years, and Junior Pan American champions (the biggest junior tournament in the world). Gyms have women’s only classes, and BJJ fightwear brands have developed female specific lines. But we want to see more women taking up this sport
The UKBJJA’s recently released film ‘Jiu Jitsu Woman’ built on the momentum surrounding women in sport and profiled girls and women of all ages and backgrounds, from a variety of careers, who train BJJ and the reasons why they find it so fulfilling. Off the back of this they want to engage in a variety of activities to show why ‘Girls in Gis’ can.
The UKBJJA will be looking to run a series of outreach seminars with women and girls involved in this film which aim to get ‘girls in a gi’, working with local communities and charities to encourage women to try Jiu Jitsu for free. At each seminar we will have ‘Girls in Gis’ Ambassadors who will talk about their training, we will hold a screening of our film Jiu Jitsu Woman and hold a trial session. We will use BJJ to try and overcome the barriers to female participation in sport, and help women in communities across the UK by raising funds for a series of partner charities.
‘Unstoppable Girl’ Ambassadors
Kat Hill (London)
Dali and Kelly Hopkins (Hereford)
Leoni Munslow (London)
Lauren and Holly Collins and Rosie Clarke (Basingstoke)
Ashley Bendle (Cardiff)
Vikki Todd (Torquay)
Vicky Peach (Glasgow)
Vanessa English (Nottingham)
How can you get involved?
- Attend a seminar… come and give BJJ a try if you haven’t
- Host a seminar
- Donate to our JustGiving campaign
- Share our stories
For more information on how you can get involved, visit http://www.ukbjja.org/ or contact Kat Hill via firstname.lastname@example.org