Read: How Women’s BJJ Healed Her Body Image
Sam Yang recently posted an amazing story of how jiu jitsu dramatically improved one woman’s self image.
“Part of the jiu-jitsu experience that is probably unique to women or less common in men is how body image changes. Women often carry a sense that they are objects, that their bodies are sources of power only insofar as they can attract a man or generate attention. . . .In my gi, my body was for fighting, for power, for using, for moving.”
“It moves me to tears. Suddenly my body was a powerhouse of defense and strength. It had utility. It was fascinating and deep. My body was capable of things I had never considered or explored. These experiences started the first month. I was strong. The gender-neutralizing nature of the gi emphasized the experience and helped make it possible. (‘Gi’ is the uniform, similar to what they wear in judo.)”
“I was and still am constantly shocked at what I’m capable of and how effective it is. I am small, 5’3” and around 120, and I was not used to feeling power ripple through me. . . . When I learned how strong I am, I fell in love with my body, and I am full of pride now. Not to show it off but to use it for me because it is fascinating and fun. What a simple and beautiful experience, almost childlike.”
Read the full article http://www.musttriumph.com/entry/body-image