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Saturday 21st April 2012 saw the 1st Women’s BJJ Competition that was held at Camberley Judo club in Surrey, home to Carlson Gracie Camberley. The morning event was filled with the aspiring kids competition and the afternoon was the Women’s.
This coming Sunday, Subfighter MMA is hosting what is likely to be the largest women only competition in the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! It may very well showcase the most female grapplers in any single competition outside the IBJJF. Finally a local tournament where you KNOW you will get some matches!
For perhaps the most sought after gi title in the world after the IBJJF Mundial, battles are raging. Top BJJ women are competing in the sweltering heat, far from BJJ Meccas of Brazil and the US, across the ocean not too far from real Mecca itself.
[caption id="attachment_1223" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Leticia Camp"][/caption]Leticia Ribeiro of Gracie Humaita is one of the best-known female Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the world. Currently based out of San Diego, CA, she boasts an illustrious record that includes 6 World Championships just at black belt.
A relatively new tournament to the IBJJF/CBJJ, the 3rd No-Gi Brazilian Nationals tournament took place in Brazil the weekend before the No-Gi Worlds in the U.S. For those who have been looking for results from the women’s Brown/Black divisions, look no further!
Recently the Grappling Girls Guild conducted an interview with Hannette Staack, the most decorated woman in BJJ. Hannette is an EIGHT time WORLD CHAMPION in BJJ and a THREE time ADCC Champion! She came up the ranks at a time when it was difficult for women in Brazil to be training BJJ and agreed to share with you a little about her background.
One more road is paved in the world of women’s Jiu-Jitsu.
The +60kgs Semi-Final matches last Sunday in Nottingham, England began with Penny Thomas vs Gabi Garcia.
In her post-fight Interview, Kyra Gracie noted that there are no longer single ladies that dominate everyone in her divisions, any one of a few ladies could win on any given day.
[caption id="attachment_806" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Hijab"][/caption]It’s easy for those of us ladies training BJJ in the “Western” or “Developed” (or whatever the current politically correct term is for our society) to get frustrated at a lack of support or training partners for females. And we are correct to be so in many cases, but those ladies coming out to compete at the Abu Dhabi Pro this weekend in hijab (head covering worn by Muslim women) under their gis, are the true barrier breakers. In a society where women are not often allowed/encouraged to participate in sport, especially a combative sport, these ladies were out on the mats representing themselves and their culture well, paving the way for more to follow in their footsteps.
Big news for Women in Jiu-Jitsu!
Converse has agreed to sponsor a women only tournament in Virginia! This is a big step for all of us to have such a well known company sponsor a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament. Let’s use this opportunity to get out in force and show the world how awesome our sport truly is!