How to get more women into grappling

July 6th, 2010  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  4 Comments

It’s the age-old question: What do women want? Well, we want asskicking of course! And toilet paper. Read more in my new article at!

Also, just a reminder, if you’re looking for BJJ, wrestling, and/or judo, and you’re in Toronto, we run four women’s classes a week — drop me a line if you want to join us. Find us on Facebook: Fembot Army. And don’t forget our women-only grappling tournament and camp in late August!


  1. KCK says:

    July 6th, 2010at 6:50 am(#)

    You make some really good points. I absolutely want all those things!

    Another thing women want is equivalent facilities. If the men get a changing room, don’t make the women change in the slimy-floored bathroom. If the men’s locker/changing room has a shower, put a shower in the women’s.

    If nobody gets a shower or a changing room, that’s fine (although it puts you in danger of violating the “don’t have a stinky gym” rule). But if the men have one and the women don’t, it makes your female students feel like an afterthought.

  2. Die Pinguine says:

    July 8th, 2010at 2:42 am(#)

    I agree with women-only classes in the very beginning, but only for the very beginning.

    As for cleanliness, that’s important for everyone as you can get some really nasty skin diseases. Our local BJJ studio has had a few cases over the years, despite being good about keeping things clean.

  3. Mich says:

    July 8th, 2010at 7:20 pm(#)

    Excellent article. Thank you!

    KCK’s comment reminded me of a karate school I trained at many years ago. It was quite small and only the men’s changerooms had showers. However, women got first dibs on using those showers after a class, and a large sign was placed at the entrance to the change room: “Women showering. Don’t come in. We know karate.”

  4. madisyn says:

    July 10th, 2010at 1:03 pm(#)

    i do bjj with all guys and the occasional girl that it the teachers wife, and i love it. its the funnest thing i have ever done

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