Jul 062010
 

A great article posted on Grapplearts.com: How to Get More Women into Grappling.

Very interesting and insightful, and also leads me to believe that I’m on the right track.  Once again, it’s a revelation to me that women as a group draw clear distinctions between men and women on the mat.   I honestly, truly never saw that… and I’m not sure what to think about it now.  Got some mulling over to do.

 Posted by at 11:15 am

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    Explain what you mean, that women as a group draw clear distinctions between men and women on the mat. I’m curious!

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      Hi Georgette. Whenever my wife asks me to explain something and then says, “I’m curious” she thinks I’m being an idiot. I don’t know if that’s how you mean it, but it’s funny either way. :)

      Really, I was just alluding to what I said before that I had always tried to roll with women just like I would any other person, considering experience and size. In other words, a training partner regardless of gender. But articles like this, like Leslie’s accounts of the women’s grappling camp and your own articles make me wonder if this is the right way to go. I’m not suggesting that women are less tough (I know that ain’t true) or anything else. It’s just becoming clear that there are other considerations besides just size and experience.

      I’d really like to hear your thoughts.

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        “Whenever my wife asks me to explain something and then says, “I’m curious” she thinks I’m being an idiot.” almost fell off my chair when I read that :)

        This is inspiring a new post on points of view in general

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    I am an ardent believer in bjj for woman( let alone all of the rest of us). I have been trying to get my sister involved with it (she works in law enforcement) Hopefully she will soon!

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      Me too. My middle daughter trained in BJJ for a while, but ended up quitting because she just got tired of being squished by the boys all the time. She just turned 13 and is very petite, weighing in at around 70 lbs. I REALLY would have liked for her to stick with it, as I believe that BJJ is a terrific martial art for women. But I’m also not going to force her to do anything she doesn’t want to.

      I’m hoping that the women like Georgette, Leslie, Val, and all of the rest pave the way for my youngest daughter to train in a few years (she’s not quite 2 years old). I want to be in a position to support her when she does without being the domineering jits dad. :)

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