Invictus Women: Empowering Ladies of the 505
As women in today’s society, we often face a lot of fears and constraints on what we can do; at times even believing some of the limitations imposed on us. We, as coaches and as women from various backgrounds, want to prove that women are strong. We sympathize with women who have had, and possibly still face, hard times and we understand the struggle. Our own involvement in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai has helped us recognize our strengths (physically and mentally) and grow in ways we previously never thought possible. Together, our goal is to use BJJ and Muay Thai to empower the women of our community without pressure of a co-ed group and with support from fellow women.
WHY WOMEN’S ONLY CLASSES?
While women are welcome in all of our classes here at Invictus, we recognize that starting BJJ or Muay Thai can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to martial arts. The purpose of our women’s program is to provide women with an introduction to BJJ and Muay Thai in an environment that’s safe, supportive, and fun. This is a program by women, for women. We aim to share our love for BJJ and Muay Thai while teaching practical self-defense skills that are applicable in the real world.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
- Beginner classes taught by women, for women
- No prior experience or athletic ability required to start
- A friendly environment
- Progress at your own pace/intensity
- A workout that challenges your mind and body
- A place to reach your own personal goals and be comfortable while doing so
WHAT DO I WEAR?
- BJJ: Form-fitting workout clothes (like a sports bra with a rashguard or tight t-shirt and compression shorts/capris) that do not have any pockets or loose straps. This is to help prevent any injury caused by getting fingers snagged in the loose clothing
- Muay Thai: comfortable workout clothing
- Tie back long hair in a ponytail, braid, or bun.
- Keep your nails trimmed short to avoid scratching your training partners
- Please no jewelry, bobby pins, hair clips, zippers, etc. as they can be dangerous to you and your partner.
- Due to the nature of grappling and Muay Thai clinch work, we recommend removing makeup before class so that it doesn’t end up on your training partner’s clothes.
- Mouthguards are recommended for both BJJ & Muay Thai, but not required
- BJJ classes will be taught using the gi, but you may borrow a loaner gi or get started without one.
- Feel free to bring your own Muay Thai gear if you have them, if not we do have gear to provide
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling sport,often taught in police forces and many self defense courses. In fact, BJJ can be found globally, often starting as a hobby and then transformed into a lifestyle by practitioners. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, a way to build confidence and is also a great sport to compete and challenge yourself in if you choose. Being a dynamic sport, as well as a physical one, practitioners gain strength, flexibility, and endurance on a whole body and mind scale. In our class we will focus on BJJ fundamentals, core/strength drills, self defense tactics, and being able to apply these skills practically and safely.
Muay Thai, translated into English as Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese (or Thai) army. It evolved from Krabi-Krabong, literally sword and baton, the hand-to-hand tactics of the Thai army. The early Muay Thai bouts pitted different companies within the Siamese army against each other with few rules and no weight divisions or time limits. They became quite popular and eventually were shown in stadia across the country. In the early 20th century, time limits, boxing gloves as well as a uniform set of rules were introduced. During the latter half of the 20th century Muay Thai was exported to many countries and is now practiced by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
Muay Thai is known as “King of the Ring” in kickboxing circles. These fights feature punches, kicks, elbows, knees, standing grappling and head-butts to wear down and knock out their opponent. Thai training methods develop devastating power, speed and superb cardio-vascular endurance as well as fighting spirit. Muay Thai training as also quite safe thanks to sophisticated pad training that evolved to keep fighters healthy between fights. Muay Thai has also proven very effective outside the ring and has been embraced enthusiastically by practitioners of a variety of self-defense, sporting, military and law enforcement activities.
Muay Thai originates from Thailand and is a stand up martial art utilizing striking and clinch work. Muay Thai is referred to as the art of the eight limbs because it encompasses knees, elbows, kicks and punches.
Here at Invictus we are a group of career orientated instructors and students. We understand the need to stay injury free and do not place an emphasis on fighting. We do offer our students the opportunity to step into the ring if they would like to but it is not a requirement. Our Muay Thai instructors are experienced in the ring and out, training all around the world, including Thailand. Our Muay Thai program is here to help build confidence, strength, encouragement and overall empowerment to our students while building a self-defense foundation. Come check out our classes! No experience necessary.