Black belt Jess Fraser is the founder and creator of Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG). She is a vocal and active advocate for female martial artists and is fiercely proud to be the leader of this groundbreaking group.
Jess recognises the need for cultivating an all inclusive culture and community to proactively affect the retention and growth of participation levels within our sport, particularly in regard to female 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 in person member support and technical development with great result since 2010.
Over the past 11 years, Jess has not only excelled as a community leader she also made history as an Australian competitor.
She represented Australia 4 times in Abu Dhabi, bringing home medals from 3 of those appearances. In her debut year at black belt, she was the first Australian black belt to make the Top Ten Ranking on the UAEJJ federation. She took bronze in Abu Dhabi World Pro at black belt (another first for Australia) in 2017 and finished that season with a bronze at the IBJJF No Gi Worlds.
During her time as a competitor her focus on community was unwavering. She created and managed 60+ female focused events (small to large scale), as well as running the largest female only camps currently held in the world (last attendance for 3 day camp was 150+ women). These events create ongoing job opportunities, sponsorship and support for dozens of female athletes across Australia.
Her wider community 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 survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and trauma.
She continues to support and inspire and mentor women throughout Australasia daily via the online AGIG community, with a membership base of over 2500+ female athletes as-well 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.