What it is: It’s a martial art style that incorporates judo and jiu-jitsu and which seems to involve a lot of entwined legs and entanglement on the ground.
The classmates: A welcoming group of young women who want to raise their fitness game rather than crush the patriarchy between their thighs.
The physicality of the class: It’s quite draining to constantly be locking legs around your sparring partner, trying to apply a joint lock and chokehold and roll around a whole lot. It’s nice to be in an all-women’s class, though.
Practicality in a real-life situation: Since BJJ is more about submission rather than physical strength, with proper training, even the most petite of women can easily defend themselves against a stronger and heavier assailant.
Confidence level after one class: If I find myself in a chokehold, I’m less likely to panic. But my first instinct is still far off going all Black Widow on any knife-wielding assailant. Olivia Lai, Art and Citylife editor