AJ Clingerman is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and owns a BJJ Gym with her husband in Indianapolis. She talks about the growth of the women’s community in Jiu-Jitsu, and also about the useful and interesting advice for women starting to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
AJ Clingerman has been involved with Jiu-Jitsu for a long time. An interesting fact is that she runs a big camp for women, which is called Roll Model. The camp grows, it has more and more members every year. In 2019 she had 160 women in the camp. This year despite the pandemic caused by Covid19, the camp was s successful again, with 130 women. She has also a podcast named Beauty and the Gi. It is another proof that the female scene is growing and evolving more and more.
Jiu-jitsu is a very physical sport, which can be an obstacle for many women. Various prejudices such as age, weight, and other things are very common.
First, Jiu-Jitsu can legit be for anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are 100 pounds or 300 pounds if you are 11 years or 50 years old. It doesn’t really matter. These are irrelevant things, and it is something that you will see and learn for yourself over time.
You have to know that in Jiu-Jitsu they are no age limitations, remember this. You are not too young to start if you are maybe 15 years old, or you are not too old if you are 40.
The good thing about it, it’s very adaptable.
Also, it is not important if you are athletic or If you have never done anything like this before, you can train as hard as you want to train.
The confidence aspect, that’s another important part of what Jiu-Jitsu will teach you. Learn what your body can do, and what it’s capable of. This can be especially helpful for women. Jiu-Jitsu is certainly one of the best tools for building self-confidence
It is a great benefit to knowing what your body can do, having physical confidence, and knowing that you can do it.
These are just some of the tips you can take. Give it a chance and give it a try, only then you can fully see and know what Jiu-Jitsu really is.
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