The Mom Grind does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Welcome back to another week of fitness fun! I had the sweaty pleasure of trying out some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) this week, and I have to say- I’m hooked! I really, really want to do this again and maybe even make it a regular class to add to my fitness routine.

    I have to give a little disclaimer, my husband does BJJ and has done so for the last 7 or so years. So I was already a little familiar with BJJ, since I’ve been getting put in arm bars by my husband whenever I give him a playful punch (insert smirk here).

    I set up a time to do a drop in with Lindsey (coach and part owner) at ZUMA martial arts. I was feeling a little more nervous than most other classes I’ve gone to, probably something to do with the fact that I was going to be wrestling! When I walked into the studio I was immediately put at ease, being warmly greeted by Sarah Kaufman (who was the first Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion) and has fought the likes of Ronda Rousey. I was then greeted by Lindsey & Adam who were equally friendly, awesome and having a quick wrestle. Lindsey had me quickly hopping into the warm-up with the rest of the class, and I could already tell I was going to be sore the next day.

    Lindsey was an excellent coach, really patient, an excellent teacher and insisted on repetition so I could get the movements down properly. If you’re in Victoria I would highly recommend joining her women’s class! It wasn’t intimidating at all, and the other girls were very friendly and helpful. So all that being said, here is the low-down on what you should know about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and being prepared for your first class!

    What You Should Know about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

    • BJJ was adapted from Japanese Jiu-Jitsu as a form of self defence by the Gracie family after the Japanese introduced Jiu-Jitsu to Brazil.
    • The uniform or outfit worn to “roll” (aka wrestle) is called a Gi (pronounced Gee) and you will need one if you’re going to be attending a class unless otherwise specifically stated by the instructor.
    • There’s no striking, punching, kicking, slamming, twisting or grabbing fingers.
    • When you give-up you let your rolling partner know by ‘tapping’. So literally tap them with your open hand, say ‘tap’ or loudly tap the mat with your foot.
    • BJJ is a really great martial art for ‘smaller’ people. It focuses a lot on self-defence and would be an amazing martial art for women to know.
    • You’re going to be sore. I am still sore 2 days after my class with Lindsey. Lindsey is bad ass, she trains every day, and she is a strong looking lady! Do not under estimate this as a workout!

    What You Should Bring to a BJJ class:

    • As I mentioned above, you’re going to need a Gi. Talk to your instructor about potentially borrowing one, or if there’s a used one you can buy from someone at that gym (Gi’s are expensive).
    • Sports bra
    • Rash guard top or tight fitting lycra top, full underwear (no dainty lacey panties here) or lycra sport shorts. (Gi’s are a thick canvas material and actually chafe away at your skin when you’re rolling, you will want to protect your body as much as possible, especially your *ahem* private areas and booty).
    • Water bottle and/or electrolyte drink (my husband loves to bring Coconut water with him for afterward).
    • I would bring a small snack like a protein bar, or handful of nuts for afterwards. You’re working hard and are going to be real hungry after this class!
    • You might want to bring some athletic tape, to tape up any piercings you can’t take out.
    • Definitely going to want your hair up in some sort of way, so also be sure to have a hair elastic or two.

    There you have it! I would highly recommend trying out a Jiu-Jitsu class, I really enjoyed myself. It worked out a lot of muscle groups that I never use, and I really loved that aspect of it! So see if you’re able to do a drop in at a BJJ gym close to you, and let me know if you do!




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