As a female, I have rolled with everyone and I have no preference in who I roll with ( with the exception of the occasional spaz because I don’t want to get injured.) I feel as though many women do not want to join or are almost scared to join a Jiujitsu gym because they are worried about rolling with all the big guys. I can understand that, especially for someone who is new to the sport. It may seem uncomfortable or awkward.
So what do all of you think? Are women’s classes more beneficial or is it totally fine to not offer that type of environment? I personally have mixed opinions on the topic. I feel like rolling with the guys gives me more of a challenge, but rolling with the other females is more realistic for competition purposes. I also have heard guys say they do not roll with girls or are nervous to because they feel like they don’t know how. I always find that interesting.
In a sport that is mainly male dominated, having a women’s only class is a great option for gyms though in general. I feel as though that way if girls want to roll with the guys they can, or if they feel like just rolling with other females that option is also available. This way, all women feel welcomed into their comfort zone. All girls have gone through the struggle of fixing sports bras, or our hair, and for some it may be weird to do it in front of the guys. Do the majority of you all have a class of this nature offered at your gym? Or is it typically all mixed genders? Guys, how do you feel about rolling with females?
I also believe its a good way for women in their local area to bond and make friendships. Sometimes, women are talked about in a way that we don’t get along with other women. This may be true for some, but not all. However offering a women’s only class gives ladies a reason to bond and be there with a common goal in mind. As I had mentioned previously, I also think women’s classes are beneficial for competition purposes. When we compete we aren’t going to be going against huge guys. We are with other females our size so having a class with women our size is more realistic in reference to competing.
Now, I hope everyone understands in no way am I saying women shouldn’t roll with the guys. I am just saying that it would be a great idea for gyms to offer at least one women’s class a week so that new women, experienced women, and everyone in between can train with other women if they’d like. I know in some areas they have women only open mats which is nice as well.
I would love to hear your guys’ opinion on this.