The obvious and most important reason for girls to get involved in Ju-Jitsu is the capacity for self-defence & personal safety that they will develop. In today’s increasingly violent world, crime can strike anywhere. Women are often times the target of sex crimes and, not knowing how to defend themselves, can scar a young girl for her entire life. Being able to defend herself is an invaluable tool as she grows up, taking her skills with her through life, and it gives not only her but also her parents a feeling that at least their daughter is safe.
It gives girls the means by which to develop high self-esteem and self-confidence. In our classes, everyone is valued as an individual for not only their actions but also their personality. As girls grow into their pre-teen and teenage years, there’s a multitude of issues that come with that development. Girls growing into their bodies are subject to female bullying, clique contests and the like and so many begin to feel worthless or confused and may even venture into esteem-based diseases such as bulimia and anorexia.
Ju-Jitsu promotes students by belt rank with achievement, and as girls watch themselves become promoted and valued for their rank, their self-esteem and self-confidence rises, making them less vulnerable to peer attacks.
Ju-Jitsu helps girls achieve balance in their lives. Instead of becoming nasty and gossip queens to hide their issues or their frustrations about themselves or others, our Ju-Jitsu school offers a safe place to exert frustrations and gives students a cathartic and physical release of negative emotions. Conversely, such exercise increases endorphins and puts girls in a more positive mood about themselves and others.
Ju-Jitsu assists girls to focus on what’s important in their lives. While many may become caught up in make-up, fashionable clothes, and false friends that come and go, those who study Ju-Jitsu tend to be more goal-oriented and self-motivated to achieve in academics and focus in the classroom and on homework. As a coach, I have seen many students with severe cases of ADD and ADHD be trained to focus and achieve well. Since promotion in rank depends on how well a student works to achieve a certain performance standard, a student must put effort into their training and focus on new techniques being taught in order to move forward, and encouragement paves the way.
Training in Girls Ju-Jitsu promotes respect for all people into young girls. Just as coaches respect students, senior belts respect junior belts and junior belts respect senior belts and instructors, it is an atmosphere of mutual respect regardless. Girls feel valued for their contributions and in turn value the people around them including peers and parents, setting a positive example and helping them to develop into respectful young women.
All Martial Arts promote gender equality to a great extent Girls do the same exercises as male students in the martial arts school, they fight the same way, and many times girls can see that they do movements as well as the boys, further encouraging self-respect and the very visible understanding that women are not limited due to their gender.
The Dojo provides a safe and comfortable place to interact with the opposite sex. As girls hit their preteen and teen years, the opposite sex begins to appeal to them but often times they don’t really know how to approach boys as friends first. Girls growing up have the opportunity to interact with boys on a first hand basis several times a week and develop friendships. It teaches girls to relate with their male counterparts and it shows them that no one is invincible-they watch boys get knocked down in sparring matches and help them up. Interactions with the opposite sex at a budding age where there is no pressure to date and males are friends establishes a solid foundation for building positive male-female relationships in the future that lead to healthier dating habits. How likely is it that a black belt teenager will put up with abuse (verbal or physical) in a relationship
Ju-Jitsu gives girls a support group. While in school girls may have a few close friends for sure, many shyer girls don’t have a whole lot of friends at all as they choose not to interact. In Ju-Jitsu, you have no choice but to interact, friendships form and cliques are rare as everyone participates in common experiences, and girls feel confident and accepted.
Girls Ju-Jitsu supports an attitude of perseverance that serves a girl well in daily life. Some techniques may be difficult to learn, but there are always coaches available to help & encourage students. This attitude manifests itself into everyday decisions and girls who learn Ju-Jitsu tend to stay at their tasks until they are completed rather than just simply giving up if the going gets hard.
Lastly, but also very importantly, is the fact that Girls Ju-Jitsu is a great physical workout. Ju-Jitsu training builds strength, speed, stamina, and endurance, keeping them physically fit and in great shape, a fact which helps establish a positive personal image and further promotes confidence in school and in life in general.