Girls in Gis Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu San Antonio Texas

Girls in Gis-Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu San Antonio TX
  The impressive turnout this past weekend at the Girls in Gis training day was a definite sign that the popularity of Jiu Jitsu among women  in Texas is on the rise!  Some twenty-seven women and girls of varying levels and ages joined together at Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu in San Antonio Texas for a day of training, camaraderie and fun!

Josh Luaber, the head instructor and owner of Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu San Antonio, very generously provided his facility and instruction for this event.  He began the training session with an introduction to Ginastica Natural, followed by a series of self defense and sport jiu jitsu techniques and finally a good hour of open mats.   This was the first class  I've taken by Josh and I was very impressed with his teaching style and the techniques he shared.  If you are in the San Antonio area, I strongly recommend you drop in for a class and check it out for yourself.

Josh Luaber instructing at Girls in Gis
  It was great to see a lot of familiar faces, but even more importantly there were a bunch of new ladies and girls that showed up for their first Girls in Gis experience.  Women traveled from as far away as Houston and the Valley specifically for this training day.  For some women this was their first opportunity to roll and train with women their size and level or to even practice with other women at all.   Some said  there were only one or two women who train in their academy on a regular basis.

The Girls in Gis event had a  wide variety of female jiu jitsu practitioners. Some  were more focused on the sport and competition aspect and others were dedicated to the martial art.  Regardless of their interests, the one common theme was the love, devotion and positive influence that jiu jitsu brought to their lives.
Women rolling at Girls in Gis San Antonio
I feel very fortunate that through the years so many talented and devoted women have joined our team (Relson Gracie Austin).   But I remember when there were only two or three women  in our academy.  And it wasn't long ago when I was the smallest person in my school.  No doubt training with men will make you tough, but if you have the opportunity to roll with women, you'll find it to be a totally different experience.

Although the interest is on the rise for women in jiu jitsu, the sport remains male dominated.  For how long?  No telling.  It is crucial that we continue to support each other's passions and unite through programs like Girls in Gis.  Thank you to everyone for all the hard work that went into creating this event. Stay tuned for news regarding the upcoming Girls in Gis!

Check out the photo highlights from this event @ shama ko photography


  1. Love the last picture of Melody and the other beautiful gray haired lady. So cool and inspirational.

  2. Great post and awesome pic of Suzanne and Melody! I definitely miss Josh's classes and my Relson Gracie family in Texas!


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