In Defense of Women’s Only Jiu Jitsu Classes

Leah Taylor

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My name is Leah Taylor.  I’m a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Matt Thornton and Travis Davison.  I’m a coach and competitor out of Straight Blast Gym of Montana.

I’m writing this in response to a face book thread based around this shared article:

The article was written by a female purple belt about some of the benefits of a women’s only class, which I thought were pretty much common knowledge.

I was a bit shocked by the comments related to the article.  I started to write a response on the actual post two or three times and it just got too long; hence the blog.  Here are some of the misconceptions about a women’s only bjj class that came from that post; some were even from other women.

  • A women’s only…

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