A few weeks ago a reporter from the local newspaper came to Titans MMA where I train Brazilian jiu jitsu to write an article about our women’s BJJ class. It’s mentioned in the article that I started BJJ after I was robbed at gunpoint for the second time. For months after that robbery, I felt panic rising in my chest when any man in a hoodie walked towards me. It brought home the famous quote from Gavin de Becker in The Gift of Fear, “At core, men are afraid women will laugh at them, while at core, women are afraid men will kill them.”
Still, over time I forgot to be afraid. Normalcy crept back into my life and I didn’t need jiu jitsu to feel safe anymore. One of the main reasons I tried BJJ was to protect myself but that’s not why I stayed. I stayed because at Titans I feel like I am at home with my brothers. I train with the “Taylor Gang” under Renzo Gracie black belt Kevin Taylor. We all work together in a friendly and positive environment with a sincere desire to help each other to reach our full potential. Because I’ve already told my story to the newspaper, I’ll share what BJJ has done for my teammates.
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