Last week I had the pleasure of being sponsored by AGIG to fly up to Sydney with Jess, Alex and Lucy. Kirsty was a great host and put us all up for 3 days, which is a big ask of anyone (because we are a crazy bunch).
We were there to attend NSW’s first AGIG event, organised by Jess Fraser. The event was held at Legacy Martial Arts and a very special mention goes to Legacy’s resident coach and a black belt legend Thiago Braga. He gave us the space and the time, taught 1 hour seminar and helped out with rolling.
40 women turned up all from different academies and affiliations. The vibe on the mat was incredible – everyone was super friendly and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of blue belts present, but even more importantly; there were 6 purple belts and a brown belt in Philipa Kato.
However, the best moment for me was definitely seeing so many young girls on the mat. There were at least 10 ladies from the ages of 10-15 and they absolutely rocked.
I got to drill and practice techniques with a future star Kendall, who picked up all the little details much quicker than me, and put me to shame. I am super impressed with this young lady.
These girls are the future of Australian Jiu Jitsu and are already pretty damn good at it. I can’t wait to see them grow up and become total BJJ beasts.
It was lovely to share a beer in the sun afterwards and meet some of the girls (sadly I didn’t get around to everyone).
Sunday proved to be another exciting day. Kirsty took us out for a lovely breakfast at Coogee Beach and then we headed to Jess’ Self Defence Seminar to raise funds for White Ribbon Organisation.
Yet again, there was a great turn out and I got more than I imagined out of Jess’ 3 hour seminar. We learnt avoidance and self-defence techniques as well as how to minimise risk of ever getting attacked. It was a touching seminar and for such a great cause. To donate click here: https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate/wrn and add Australian Girls In Gi as your organisation.
After the Seminar we had a few hours to spare before the flight home, and there was no better way to spend it than at on open mat at Legacy. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face after 1.5 hours of rounds. Again, massive thanks to Thiago for opening up his doors to us, rolling with us, teaching and being a such a good sport.
Women’s BJJ in NSW is BIG and growing every minute. There are so many great ladies and there is a real sense of community.
Thank you to AGIG for making this weekend happen. I took away so many positives, met wonderful people, shared some amazing stories, caught up with old friends, made some new ones and got to do what I love best – jiu jitsu!
PS. Check out Joel Vogler Photography. Joel did an amazing job capturing the spirit of the weekend.