Women's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes in Ottawa!
Develop effective self defence skills, through live drilling and sparring in a safe and inclusive learning environment.
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Why Ottawa Jiu Jitsu?
Here at Ottawa Jiu Jitsu we pride ourselves in the culture and community we foster for women looking to gain skills in self defence. Whether you are looking for fitness, or self defence skills or both, we have the perfect program for you.
With strong female leadership and a unique trauma informed culture unmatched in Ottawa, you will find that Ottawa Jiu Jitsu is a spectacular space to gain strength, and develop self defence skills that are incredibly effective, through live repetition and sparring in a safe and warm learning environment.
DEFEND YOURSELF IN ANY SITUATION
IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm A Woman: Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Right For ME?
YES! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an excellent choice for women, especially for how it contributes to one’s self-defensive ability, sense of community and belonging, and of course, mental and physical fitness. Regarding self-defense, it is a fantastic skillset to have (and practice) because, when an “opponent’s” physical size exceeds our own, jiu-jitsu trains us to utilize leverage and specific techniques that work to fill that gap. Outside of self-defense, the jiu-jitsu community is widespread and actively growing; passionate people with a shared passion come together to practice, make mistakes, and learn from one another. Lastly, unlike other popularized martial arts, jiu-jitsu does not include over-aggressive attacks, punches, or kicks that leave people unconscious. Rather, jiu-jitsu is quite the opposite. It is a more fluid, almost graceful-looking martial art that will challenge you both physically (get ready to increase your cardiovascular endurance!) and mentally, as you think logically to apply learned techniques and movements during training.
What do I Wear/Bring To MY First Class?
If possible, please try to arrive 15 minutes early so that you can meet the staff and instructor, sign a waiver, and become orientated with our space. Typically, people wear sandals (since shoes on the mat are not permitted) and comfortable exercising clothes. If you have a gi of your own, bring it! If not, we have rental gis available as well as gis for purchase. For a no-gi class, a rashguard and shorts should be worn. And of course, a water bottle is highly recommended. We have a filtered water station you can refill as needed.
Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Good For Losing weight?
Most definitely! In addition to being immensely FUN, training will increase your muscle tone, bodily coordination, cardiovascular capacity, muscular endurance, balance, and will (inevitably) reduce overall body fat. All that being said, please make sure you hydrate and fuel yourself properly before and after training.
Will this be effective in real-world situations?
Yes! Our program teaches you how to use your body and it’s capabilities to ward off attacks and stay cool in tense situations. It is designed to help people who might be smaller than their attackers to defend themselves, so it’s an ideal self-defense method for women to learn. You’ll feel prepared to handle anything that comes your way!
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What Our Students Are Saying
”First, I would like to say that anyone that joins their team won’t be disappointed.
I met Brandon about 2.5 years ago. He was very good and fun to roll with. One day he brought this woman with him, her name was Emera and from day one I liked her. I finally had a female training partner who was as motivated as I am. They started a great woman’s class. Emera became a good friend and an amazing training partner.l consider her to be a very talented grappler, a very good competitor and an amazing woman who supports other women. She is definitely someone you want in your circle and as a training partner.
Brandon is a great teacher. He brought new stuff to our gym. He is very creative and always supportive with answering questions and he is funny too! Brandon is very motivated and definitely passionate about what he is doing.
If you decide to join their team, do it, you will not regret your decision.”
”I haven’t been training that long in the grand scheme of things but I plan to continue training until I can’t anymore. Jiujitsu now has a big place in my heart.
Training with this club and team is the best. If you miss a session Coach will check in to make sure everything is on track for obtaining your goals. You’re held accountable. What’s great about Brandon’s coaching too is he follows a systematic approach in delivering skills. Each week you practice and refine a skill reviewing it for the whole week. With jiujitsu moves are very technical and it’s great to spend lots of time in each move.
I’m really glad to be training under these coaches. I’m excited to see keep training and getting better under their guidance!”