Content Note: discussion of rape and sexual violence
When I’m not trying to smash patriarchy with a hammer, I’m mostly likely working out and training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).
BJJ is a form of martial arts that focuses on takedowns, grappling, and submissions. It’s kind of like wrestling with more traditions and finesse. It’s also really freaking awesome. There is one the downside, which there is very low participation of women, especially at my gym. It is understandable; it’s a rough and tumble sport; You get thrown around and bruised up. It is also an incredibly close contact sport where any thought of personal space is thrown out the window. This makes a lot of people uncomfortable and it’s not for everyone.
Recently, a video had gone viral in the BJJ interwebs of why women should train BJJ: