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Women's Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian jiu jitsu is an effective martial art for women's self-defense. We encourage women and teen girls of all backgrounds and fitness levels to join us for the most fun, empowering training you can get!
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Get Fit While Learning to Defend Yourself

Looking for an empowering and confidence-boosting workout? Get off the treadmill and check out Gracie Bradenton's Brazilian jiu jitsu classes for women. This unique martial art is perfect for women of all ages and abilities, as it relies on superior leverage and technique rather than size and strength.

Jiu jitsu is also unique in that it gives you techniques to fight from your back, so you'll never feel vulnerable or helpless. You'll learn how to take down larger opponents and walk away with a newfound sense of power. 

For Women & Teen girls

Women-Only Classes

We know it can be intimidating to try something new, let alone a close-combat martial art in a coed setting. That's why we offer women-only classes each week led by Kate, our head women's coach. These classes can help you get comfortable while learning jiu jitsu, and teach you techniques that are specifically effective for women. 

Give Yourself an Edge

Jiu jitsu can level the playing field if you need to defend yourself against someone larger or an untrained man.

Exercise Your Body & Mind

Besides being great for fitness, jiu jitsu also engages your brain as you try to anticipate and counter your opponent's moves.

Gain Situational Awareness

Our female students say BJJ has given them greater awareness in everyday situations, and allowed them to be less anxious or uneasy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to grapple with men?

No, we won't force you to work with male students, but we highly encourage it. We feel it's essential for women to train against male opponents, since statistically it's most likely a man that would be the attacker in a self-defense situation. We want to ensure our female students have all the tools and experience they need to protect themselves against any threat.

Do I need to get to a certain fitness level to start training Brazilian jiu jitsu?

No, that's like saying you need to lose weight before you can start going to the gym. Gracie Bradenton is here to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

I hate most workouts. How is jiu jitsu different?

We agree! The treadmill is tedious and it can be difficult to get motivated to go to the gym at all. Training jiu jitsu at Gracie Bradenton is like meeting up with a group of friends to challenge and support each other. It's like having a room full of gym buddies to keep you motivated and coming back. 

No two classes are the same, so there's no monotony. Then during live grappling, you can challenge yourself to reach different goals, whether it's to last a whole round without being submitted or working on perfecting a specific technique.


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