Australian Girls in Gi
BLITZ MAG - Camp 2014 Review:
Female Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand gathered in February for the fourth annual Australian Girls In Gi camp held at Dominance Mixed Martial Arts 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.
Sophia McDermott-Drysdale, Australia’s first female Black-belt, was flown from the United States to coach all the technical sessions throughout the two day event.
The event kicked off with a few words from Australian Girls in Gi founder, Jess Fraser, as well as McDerrmott-Drysdale and Dominance MMA owner David Hart. From there, the girls moved straight in to the first of four technical sessions.
Each session was capped with almost an hour of timed sparring rounds, giving each participant a rare opportunity to roll with other females across a wide spectrum of ages and belt ranks.
Ten fortunate coloured-belts had their names drawn at random for the additional opportunity to roll with McDermott-Drysdale herself, and everyone in attendance had the opportunity to watch them go.
In addition to McDermott-Drysdales instruction, the camp included a number of seminars with professionals in their field, including sports psychologist Tra-ill Dowie, mobility specialist Tia Vasilijevic and dietary expert Gavin Howard.
This year’s camp also 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 a special video 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 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 judgment and body acceptance.
Sunday afternoon consisted of a group Q&A session where all attendees had the opportunity to dicuss issues relevant to females in BJJ. Topics discussed included training during pregnancy, maintaining health and fitness through injury and how to encourage a positive and supportive team atmosphere.
“The popular opinion was that the two-day event had gone by far too fast,” said AGIG’s Fraser.
“(The camp) is a rare opportunity for women in jiu-jitsu to gather together, and to learn and share with one another. The 2014 event was yet another great success. It was well received and highly praised as past events.”
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