Australia’s female BJJ community gather

Written by Blitz

Female Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand gathered in February for the fourth annual Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG) camp held at Dominance MMA Academy in Melbourne, Australia. The event is the largest female-only BJJ camp in the world and attracted 85 attendees, the best turnout in the camp’s history.

Australian Girls in Gi 'love' BJJ - Sophia McDermott Drysdale (centre)

Sophia McDermott Drysdale, Australia’s first female Black-belt, was flown from United States to coach all technical sessions throughout the two-day event.

This year’s camp saw the introduction of the teen ‘star league’ where several members had their attendance sponsored by AGIG. These juniors were offered fully paid attendance, accommodation, flights and transfers from interstate.

On Saturday evening, the group were treated to special video collection of well wishes from a collection of global BJJ stars including Michelle Nicolini, Jean Jacques Machado, Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu, Ruben Cobrinha, Brian Ebersole, Rener Gracie and plus many more. Another video was sent by Kortney Olson of Kamp Konfidence in Queensland, viewed as a prelude to the women in attendance making ‘The Pledge’ — a statement of positivity, non-judgement and body acceptance.

“The popular opinion was that the two day event had gone by far too fast,” said AGIG founder Jess Fraser.

“(The camp) is a rare opportunity for women in jiu-jitsu to gather together, and to learn and share with one another. 2014’s event was yet another great success. It was as well received and highly praised as past events.”

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Photo via AGIG.