As the world celebrates International Women's Day, we at Gracie Barra join in honoring the strength, resilience, and achievements of women everywhere. In this blog post, we shine a spotlight on the vital role of women in Jiu-Jitsu and the importance of building a thriving women's community within our schools.

Why does it matter?

At Gracie Barra, we believe that Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, regardless of gender. However, we recognize that women have historically been underrepresented in combat sports. That's why we're committed to creating an environment where women feel empowered to embrace the art of Jiu-Jitsu and thrive on the mats.

Imagine walking into a school where women are not just welcomed but celebrated. Where mothers, sisters, and daughters feel empowered to join the mats alongside their male counterparts. This is the vision we strive for, and it all starts with cultivating a positive culture within our academies.

We have committed ourselves to providing the tools to schools and instructors to build, maintain, and nurture their female community by creating the GBF Women’s Program to support women in their unique learning needs as they embark on their Jiu-Jitsu journey.

A strong women's community not only benefits female practitioners but also enriches the overall school culture. Schools with vibrant women's programs send a powerful message of inclusivity and diversity. They create spaces where women can connect, support each other, and inspire future generations of female martial artists.

Building a Family Culture

At the heart of a thriving Jiu-Jitsu community lies the concept of family. When students feel like they belong to a supportive and nurturing environment, they are more likely to stick around and thrive. For women, in particular, this sense of belonging can be a game-changer.

By embracing the values of Brotherhood/Sisterhood, Integrity, and Development, we create a culture that aligns with the essence of Gracie Barra. But it's not just about words; it's about actions. From the way we partner up on the mats to the way we communicate with one another, every interaction shapes the culture of our school.

Empowerment through Communication

Empowerment is not just a buzzword; it's the essence of Jiu-Jitsu. But true empowerment can only be achieved when students feel supported and heard. That's why open communication is key. By fostering an environment where students feel comfortable expressing their challenges and boundaries, we create a space for growth and empowerment.

Teaching students to be good training partners, to listen and respect each other's boundaries, is essential for creating a positive and inclusive culture. And let's not forget the importance of empathy. Trauma-sensitive training requires sensitivity and understanding from both instructors and students alike.

Empowerment lies at the heart of Jiu-Jitsu. It's about more than just learning self-defense techniques; it's about gaining confidence, resilience, and self-belief. It is all our responsibility to ensure that every student, especially women, feels empowered both on and off the mats. By providing thoughtful guidance and encouragement, we empower many practitioners to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

Progress is in the Air

As we celebrate International Women's Day, let's reflect on the progress we've made in empowering women through Jiu-Jitsu. From breaking down gender barriers to fostering a culture of respect and equality, women have played a crucial role in shaping the Jiu-Jitsu community in recent years.

We have top women athletes, school owners, instructors, and an ever-growing number of female black belts and students on the mats every day. This is a testament to the Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone mission, the work of instructors throughout the Jiu-Jitsu community, and to the power of Jiu-Jitsu to create a more inclusive space for all.

Celebrate Women

On International Women's Day, let's celebrate the achievements of women in Jiu-Jitsu and recommit ourselves to building a more inclusive and equitable future for all. Together, we'll continue to empower women through the transformative power of Jiu-Jitsu.

For those interested in learning more about the GBF program, visit the ICP2024 at and join us in championing women's empowerment through Jiu-Jitsu.

Join us at Gracie Barra and be part of a community where everyone belongs and everyone thrives. Happy International Women's Day!