10/5/2015 0 Comments
Training with women
I have been training Jiujitsu in Humble now for over 16years. I have been asked several times over the years if women train with the men and if I train with women. My answer is always the same "HECK YEAH".
I have heard of different gyms and schools where the instructor has the women train strictly with women and men with men. And I have heard of instructors that do not train with the women either. I find this strange and contradicting to the idea that Jiujitsu is for everyone.
I feel by not having the women train with the men that they both (men and women) miss out on some important aspects of the game.
Women definitely roll different than men. I'm not just talking about the strength difference either. The way they move their hips and body position is very different from men. From their sweeps to their submissions, women feel different. This alone should make you want to train with them.
When I first started training Jiujitsu there were not many women training at all in the Houston area. We were lucky and had one of the best at the time training with us, Siggi Schoen. To tell the truth, I feel she had the greatest impact on my training and the game I developed.
Siggi was an excellent training partner. She was full of knowledge and was more than willing to share it. She only weighed may 110-120lbs wet, but man could she lay down the pressure. Her technique was top notch. You had to roll technical with her or you didn't get another chance for a long time. She was/is a true martial artist. She studied techniques and would break them down. She knew the ends and outs of a position. She was also an excellent competition coach as well.
Siggi had a tremendous effect on me. Her influence through our Jiujitsu training is still with me today. She taught me how to roll with strictly technique and finesse. Rather than the smash and pass game I was playing at the time. She showed me how to slow down a roll and take control. You could not go hard or fast with her, she would not allow it. Technique or go away. If you got her in an armbar, it was legit. And we she got you, you knew it and it wasn't from someone crushing your head, it was TECHNIQUE.
Siggi is still around and I hope she reads this and decide4s to come back in and start training again. The offer is always out there.
Jiujitsu and especially, Roy Davis Jiujitsu, owes a lot to training with women. I train with my wife daily. We have some great women that train with us; Amy, Marlana and Monica to name a few. Tough ladies, great rolls, great training partners. I am proud to call them TEAM MATES and equals on the and off the mats.
Humble Jiujitsu and Davis Martial Arts offers classes strictly for women in an attempt to bring more women into our world. Women are free to come in any night and train just like everyone else. Jiujitsu is for everyone.
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Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas