Why BJJ is a Great Martial Art For Women

Article by: Finn Coleman

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a fantastic martial art for anyone looking to learn self defence, but the unique benefits that the sport can offer women has led BJJ to become one of the most popular combat sports for females. While “The Gentle Art” does not involve any striking, its highly effective grappling techniques help to immobilise much bigger opponents, while keeping you safe. Let’s take a look at the three main benefits that BJJ can offer to empower women both on and off the mats.


Effective self defence against stronger opponents

A big appeal for women doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lies at the root of the martial art itself. BJJ was designed to rely not on brute strength, but on the application of leverage and technique. For this reason, BJJ is one of the most effective martial arts for combating a bigger opponent. Once a fight goes to the ground, the weight of an untrained opponent can be negated using proper technique.

BJJ is also great for women because of how comfortable BJJ practitioners become with grappling techniques and holds. Most dangerous situations involving an attacker will begin with the attacker grabbing hold – knowing how to break holds and get into a dominant position is the foundation of BJJ. Whether the fight stays standing or goes to the ground, our highly experienced BJJ coaches at Ironfist will equip you with the skills needed to subdue a potential threat by either taking your opponent to the ground, or getting to a dominant position once grounded.



With technique and fitness comes confidence. Confidence is hugely important for our female BJJ athletes, and this goes beyond just physical ability. Having the confidence to put yourself in uncomfortable situations on the mat, work on your weak areas and improve your BJJ abilities day in, day out will instil you with self-confidence not just in the gym, but everyday life. Many of our female BJJ athletes at Ironfist feel that the martial art has helped to rediscover themselves outside of their social and professional lives. Knowing that you can defend yourself as a woman is one of the most empowering feelings there is!



Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is well known for its tight-knit community, and this is even more true for the amazing group of females who train BJJ at Ironfist! Ironfist BJJ has women from all different backgrounds, ages and sizes, making it a space where women feel welcomed and supported. The encouraging atmosphere in Ironfist’s BJJ classes promotes women to push their boundaries, overcome challenges, and celebrate each other’s successes, creating a positive and empowering experience.

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