Our goal is to promote Women in the sports of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling through the spirit of collaboration, competition, and camaraderie.
Most women in these sports begin as the lone or semi-lonely female in their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Mixed Martial Arts academy. It can be difficult to continue on the path to success as the weakest, smallest or only feminine member of your academy. We want the ladies out there to know…YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
At the Grappling Girls Guild, we have formalized a repository of information specifically for the female grappler. Visit our site to find out about tournaments, seminars, and events for women in BJJ or submission wrestling. Share your own experiences and learn how other women are coping in a male-dominated sport.
The Grappling Girls Guild was started by Jen Flannery (Purple Belt under Felipe Costa) in Fall 2010. Jen was the first to pioneer the idea of hosting non-affiliated BJJ open mats for women. Her brainchild, the first women only non-affiliated FREE open mat was held at Crazy 88 BJJ in Baltimore, MD in July 2007. The concept quickly took on a life of it’s own as open mats were alternately hosted by various academies throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and New York City. In 2009, a purple belt in Texas read about the success of the movement on the East Coast and formed Girls in Gis, a group promoting women’s open mats in Texas. Formal/informal women’s open mats are popping up all over the U.S. and have reached as far as Europe. Now, we want to share this initiative with the WORLD!
Please help by sending us information on seminars, tournaments, and other events that are specifically for BJJ women for submission on our website. In addition, we are seeking information about women who are making a splash in the sport or supporting the cause for inclusion in our Spotlight section!