WOMEN'S JIU-JITSU //
WHY LADIES ONLY BJJ IS NEEDED
Did you know that one of the biggest and baddest animals, the elephant, is run by women? In a sport that is dominated by men, it's not only important to have a ladies only jiu-jitsu class for fairness, but also for comfort. Most men may not realize, but some women don't want to roll with them. The thought of a sweaty man on top of you, while heavily breathing and with you in a weird position is not appealing at all. No wonder the drop off rate for women in BJJ is so high.
Instead, a comfortable environment is key to growing a strong female presence in jiu-jitsu. By having a ladies only jiu-jitsu class, Ladies are able to practice jiu-jitsu with other ladies which does two things: 1) allows ladies to sharpen their skills and practice moves without worrying about male physiology 2) creates a welcoming environment for other ladies.
Don't let this sport be a "guys" sport. Be inclusive. Be fierce. BJJ for ladies.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST DAY
Tuesday is ladies night!! Tuesday night is reserved for our ladies class with Coach Ana at the head of the matriarchy. Here's what to expect when you arrive for your first ladies class at Chicago School of Grappling:
| Fill out a waiver online before coming
| Take off your shoes and put on the shoe rack
| Hang your bag and coat on the bar
| Ask the instructor to borrow a gi if you don't have one
| Sign in on the iPad
| You'll start by doing some warm up moves.
| You will learn a move and then practice with a partner.
| This will repeat 2-3 times
| You get to do some live "rolling"/sparring
| Chill and build strong relations with your female classmates
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?
No experience necessary. Just like learning a language, you'll do best when thrown into a situation right away. We will pair you with someone more experienced so you can learn from a higher belt and this gives our higher belt the opportunity to coach- a very Montessori approach to jiu jitsu. You won't be required to spar, but you're welcome to it and we will again pair you with an advanced member to ensure no one gets injured.
HOW MANY LADIES ARE AT CLASS?
On average, you'll have about 5 ladies at class. Age ranges are between 21ish to 40ish so you'll have a good group of ladies.
WHAT'S THE VIBE?
Very chill. We are a no-ego gym. If you have uniforms of a different color or with patches from different gyms, we don't care. Just get in here to train.
WHEN ARE CLASSES?
We have morning, noon, early evening and late evening jiu-jitsu classes. See our schedule!
ARE CLASSES SPORT OR SELF-DEFENSE ORIENTED?
While we primarily focus on the sport aspect of jiu-jitsu, what you learn in class is very applicable to real life situations. Here's a full article we've written to help you better understand our philosophy of street and sport jiu-jitsu.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
All you need to do is sign an online waiver. No need to schedule any classes or contact us. Just come in and sign your name on the iPad after signing our online waiver from your phone or personal computer.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
BJJ BLUE BELT
If you've ever wanted to meet a real life Wonder Woman here is your chance. Sometimes big surprises come in small packages and that is exactly the case with Coach Ana. She has a tenacity fit for someone 10x her size, but she uses it to not only be a fierce competitor, but a caring coach and teammate. View more about Ana here.