Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a uniquely universal art. With its broad arsenal of techniques, strategies, and styles, one of the many qualities that makes it so unique is that anyone can learn and make it their own, regardless of size, gender, age, or strength. Because of this, it’s no surprise that a growing subculture in the sport of BJJ is women practitioners.
Of course, women continue to be an unfortunate minority in a predominantly male sport, but that doesn’t stop them from connecting and finding ways to train in the sport they love.
A recent trend in BJJ has become events held exclusively for women. Open mats, tournaments, and seminars have all been on the rise in the past few years, thanks to the efforts of women passionate about the sport and determined to empower others on their Jiu Jitsu journey. One of these women is Mollii Khangsengsing, a purple belt under Eduardo Rocha in Oakland, California. Mollii is the founder and coordinator of the Sweaty Betties, an all-women’s BJJ group dedicated to “foster a positive, supportive, safe, and fun training environment for women in which to learn and practice BJJ regardless of their school affiliation.”