Eddie Bravo told me one time he felt very protective of me. He liked it when his female students could put a guy in his place – he thought it exemplified how badass our gym was.
In retrospect, I think it was perhaps more humiliating than necessary, given traditional gender conceptions.
When he came back the next week, he was angry and aggressive. After a bit of time went by and he couldn’t catch me in anything, he grew frustrated, aggressive, and ultimately injured me quite badly, causing damage to my collarbone and neck that persists today.
He made his point, that he wasn’t going to let a little girl out-grapple him.
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For the first month I trained in Brazilian jiu jitsu, none of the men in class would speak to me.
Felicia would take her under her wing, just as she did me, and we would ask her to remove her earrings and tie back her hair. Those are ‘girls.’” The girl in question would stick around for a few days, maybe even a week or two, and then disappear. But try getting scratched up by a girl more interested in flirting with the instructor than she is in learning jiu jitsu. What I discovered, once I was accepted into the fold following those initial thirty days of silent treatment, was that females who stick around and take training seriously stop being females in the eyes of their teammates. They would say all sorts of horrendous things about women in front of me, and then randomly check their language when they remembered I was female. A precious member of the team, one they valued, one to be bragged about even, and most definitely one not to be screwed with.
She would pay us a bit of attention and then take frequent water breaks that required walking by the men on the other end of the mat. Or try asking one of your teammates a question when he’s thinking, “Oh my god there’s a real, live girl five feet from me.” Class productivity is severely hampered, and even I started thinking, “When is she going to leave? And that’s the thing — I think it just ceased to occur to them that I was a girl. Eddie used to like to have Felicia and I grapple with new guys when they would show up to the gym.
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Most of the first month of grappling training, I only communicated with Felicia and the instructor, and from the rest of the class I became intimately familiar with a brand of locker room talk that would cure me of all modesty at any gym I attended for the rest of my life.