Perhaps that is one of the many unique qualities I love about Jiu-Jitsu, because it is truly our own personal journey. No two people will have exactly the same experiences, goals or challenges to overcome. Although our experiences will be unique, there is always comfort in knowing that we are not alone.
As I sat on the sidelines taking photos of the forty women and girls on the mats, I realized just how unique and special this moment was. We are on the verge of something monumental! Change is coming and it's our unity and support that will strengthen our efforts as a whole. Jiu-Jitsu means a lot of different things to different people and people train with different motivations and purposes. Hear some of the stories from Debra Ibarra on Grappling Girls Guild, Lana Hunter on The Fightworks Podcast and Jodi Lynn Baughan on Combatsportsreview.com! Great article ladies! I enjoyed reading all of them!
Each and everyone of us are trail blazers in our own ways. I am extremely grateful for the strength and generosity of women like Triin of Fenom Kimonos/Women's Jiu-Jitsu Championships and Ashley Nguyen of Girls in Gis. Their revolutionary visions have manifested into extremely successful enterprises that have continually touched the lives of so many and have brought together the community of women in jiu-jitsu in a way it never before seen. Thank you to both of you for leading the way for so many of us and offering inspiration to all of us. Keep up the great work!