“A Healthy BJJ Culture For Women Comes From The Top”

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Many women in jiu-jitsu can tell horror stories of gender-based discrimination or sexual harassment from their teammates and coaches. Sadly, many of them quit jiu-jitsu because of it and never come back.

In this video, Rener Gracie (who helped found the Women Empowered program at Gracie University) chats with a couple who trains at his academy, discussing everything from how to build a more female-friendly culture in the academy to some of the perks of having a significant other who trains (mats in the house, anyone?). Take a look!

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Averi is the managing editor for the Jiu-Jitsu Times. She’s a purple belt under Andre Oliveira of Pura Vida BJJ in Costa Rica and an ambassador for Grapple Apparel. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @bjjaveri.

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