Black belt Jess Fraser is the creator and driving force behind Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG). She is fiercely proud to be the leader of this groundbreaking group which is currently, & forever will be, club and affiliate neutral.
Jess recognises the need for cultivating an all inclusive culture and community to proactively effect the retention and growth of participation levels within our sport, particularly in regard to females athletes. Through AGIG, Jess has proactively worked on this goal, focusing on fostering community development and cultural change, large scale female focused events, online and hands-on member support, and technical development camps with great result since 2010.
Over the past 8 years, Jess has not only excelled as a competitor (representing Australia 4 times in Abu Dhabi, medalling three times in those appearances, as well as recently becoming the first and only Australian black belt to make the Top Ten Ranking on the UAEJJ) she has also worked tirelessly in her contribution to the BJJ community. She has created and managed more than 20 competitions (small to large scale), as well as running the largest female only events currently held in the world (last attendance for 3 day camp was 135+ women), all while moderating and managing the vast AGIG community.
Her pro bono work is represented in self defence workshops for the general public, offered throughout the country (over 40 events to date), raising money for Women’s shelters to support victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.
She continues to support and inspire women throughout Australasia daily via the online AGIG community, with a membership base of over 1500+ female athletes aswell as in person at female centric events, seminars and training sessions.
If you have not yet met her, she’s probably most keen to meet you where she’s at her best – in a gi and on the mats.