We have women who compete!!! Enough to split up into divisions. I remember what the scene was like in Edmonton in 1997 when BJJ tournaments were a brand new thing. Barely enough guys came out to make it worth while, so weight classes were jammed together so we would have somebody to fight. Experience levels? No way, my first match ever was against a Judo Black Belt (I had some Karate exp, and no BJJ at all). This went on for several years, fighting guys many times 40-60lbs heavier than me. So I can appreciate the situation the women are in now.
The good news is, there is a lot of you. We just need to get you out to the same place at the same time. If we had all the women who competed in Alberta for the last 2 years come out we would have over 30 of you. Enough to split by weight and experience.
We recognize that it isn’t easy, so we lowered the entry fee to $50 (for Gi and No Gi) to help build the community of women competitors. What we ask of you is to help encourage the women in your club to “Just come out, and see how it looks”. Women are encouraged to pre-register, but we will honour the pre-reg price day of for them as well.
On top of that, Women BJJ divisions will be Double Elimination so you can get another chance if you are nervous for your first match.
I (Mike Yackulic) will personally arrange the womens divisions. If you do not feel you are ready for it I will listen to you and make necessary adjustments or return your money.
You know there are a few women in the club what do a great job in class, they are tough, they roll with guys all the time, maybe their confidence isn’t where they want it to be but they know enough to compete against someone of similar weight and exp. Lets rally together and encourage them to come out.
The more women that show up, the more fair and fun it will be and you know that we only need one good tournament that the women support to really get the ball rolling.
If there is anything I can do to help with the women competing, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org I am very open to suggestions.
Best of luck in training and we will see you soon.