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312 Main St. Hudson, MA 01749

Everyone we talk to seems sick and tired of hearing that women should do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to learn self defense, and we don’t get it! As women who train, we think that every girl we know and every girl we don’t know need to get themselves enrolled into a Jiu Jitsu program ASAP, here’s why:

When you think self defense you think getting attacked in an alley at night, right? “Oh, that’ll never happen to me!” Now think of someone grabbing your wrist and not wanting to let go. A little more realistic? Any of these scenarios can happen to anyone, and as our black belt women’s coach Juliana Fontoura always says, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”

Unlike self defense classes, Jiu Jitsu strays from the controlled situation vs defense, and instead places you in grappling situations similar to those you would experience if something were to happen in real life. Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to defend the unexpected.

What a lot of people also don’t realize is BJJ teaches physical, but also mental assertiveness. Making decisions for yourself, vocalizing them, and developing self confidence are all tools needed to defend yourself out in the big world. These qualities help shape leaders.

Post Author: Juliana Fontoura

Juliana Fontoura, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BLACK Belt and has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years and is a highly accomplished competitor. In 2018 she became an IBJJF World Medalist. She is the founder of Lokahi Academy.

She is also the owner of Gentle Art Dojo in Chelmsford, MA along with her Husband . With the help of their talented students, they built the most successful school in the Chelmsford area. Their Team held 4 consecutive 1st place team trophies in Boston through the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.

Now in her hometown of Hudson, MA she will be able to pass on her extensive knowledge in the community she grew up in!