Martial arts in general are a wonderful way to learn practical self-defense skills, to exercise and to stay fit, and to develop self-confidence. “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu” or “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,” in particular, is well-suited for women, because it was specifically developed to allow a smaller, weaker person to defend him/herself against a larger attacker. Unfortunately, many martial arts schools may be intimidating to women who otherwise would like to pursue these benefits.
Steel City Martial Arts is one of the first martial arts schools in the country to expressly recognize this dilemma and develop a “Jiu-Jitsu for Women, by Women” class. The class meets on Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. and is taught by Nora Schoenthal, a BJJ Blue Belt with a Black Belt in Japanese Ju-Jitsu and a Brown Belt in Tai-Jitsu Karate. The class is for women only, and it focuses on practical “real life” skills. Nora teaches the class with a lively, supportive and gentle touch. But make no mistake—these skills are wildly effective in the real world, and Nora’s classes are a super workout!
The first class is always free, and women are encouraged to try a class even if they’re not sure that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is right for them. No previous martial arts experience is required. So stop by on a Saturday morning to meet Nora and try a class for yourself!