Super proud to announce we will be finally offering a women* (trans inclusive) and non-binary jiu jitsu class at Ronin Grappling!
The class, taken by experienced competitor and BJJ purple belt Lorna Kinnoch (she/her), will start on Thursday the 5th of August and run every Thursday 18:30-19:30.
Lorna has been training jiu jitsu for just under 5 years and has competed nationally and internationally. Notable achievements include:
· Triple Gold Newcastle Open.
· Double Gold West of Scotland Open.
· Gold IBJJF Munich Open.
· Silver IBJJF Rome Open.
· Medaled in Gi and No Gi Europeans.
· Wins at SGI and Submission Oasis submission only shows.
· Scotland’s Female Submission Finish of the year (2019).
The class is open to all women and non-binary individuals aged 16+. While as a gym we strive to have a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in all classes we recognise as jiu jitsu is a close contact sport it can be especially challenging for women & non binary folks to get into.
The class is of course also open to existing Ronin Grappling members as part of your membership.
From my own personal experience I remember my first few months training jiu jitsu at a mixed martial arts gym were very awkward as the only woman on the mats and I only stuck to it due to the great group of guys I trained with who went out of their way to make me feel welcome.
Remembering those challenges I recognise it would be easier to start in a women+ class and as a team we hope having a space for women & non binary folks to attend classes and be introduced to the sport will then support their transition to mixed classes and improve the team as a whole.
Working shifts it’s been impossible for me to commit to teaching at the same time each week and I’m delighted Lorna agreed to be our women+ class coach!
Your first class is free, with normal PAYG or membership costs applying after that. All women & non-binary individuals attending the class are obviously welcome to come to all our mixed classes as well.
As a gym we ask all our students to read our values and know we do not tolerate any sexist / racist / xenophobic / homophobic / transphobic / fascist / bigoted speech or activities. Our values can be found here, we are big believer in making sure members feel safe and looked after, and we do enforce these.
To register for your first class please email us at email@example.com – we’ll send you a link to register on our members’ portal to help us keep track for test and protect purposes -you’ll be registered with a trial period initially and you can see and book onto all our classes including the Thursday women+ class.
The women & non-binary class will be a Gi (kimono) class, however feel free to attend your first few classes in leggings or shorts and a tshirt or similar training clothes. We also have a few loaner Gis at the gym that can be used (these get washed after every use).
We try and be as organised as possible so at some point before you come for your first session please also fill out a PARQ form, just to keep everything squared away.
Please also give our COVID guidance a wee read for any adjustments we’ve had to make.
Hope to see you all on the mats soon!
(she/her – Ronin Grappling co-owner)