Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and self defense system that focuses on grappling. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and self defense system that focuses on grappling. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique

Jiujitsu at YogaOne is a class exclusively for women.

This class is great for women who are looking to get a workout while practicing practical self defense!  Techniques are taught and practiced in a safe, controlled environment and classes are great for beginners!

Jiu jitsu at YogaOne teaches women a defensive way of life that will build physical strength, promote confidence, increase coordination and improve physical health! 

Women will learn to use leverage and proper techniques to escape threatening situations, such as being grabbed, being choked, and being pinned down. They will also learn how to execute offensive techniques like chokes and joint locks to incapacitate an attacker in a defensive situation. 

"If I could not defend myself with strikes after training striking for 7 years, then I wouldn’t expect any woman who learns a few strikes from a self defense class to stand much of a chance either. Just as one wouldn’t expect to win a basketball game after taking a 1 hour basketball class, a woman shouldn’t expect to be able to defend herself after taking a 1 hour self defense class"

JESSICA BEDNARK

Hi I'm Jess. I love training Jiu Jitsu! I feel this practice is so important & compatible to a wholistic wellness based lifestyle. I have a passion to bring it (especially to women) in a new way, not in a gym filled with 'fighters' or as a woman in a mans world,as it has been historically a male sport, but a safe and fresh atmosphere with an approach that is accessible, relatable, and empowering!

I am a Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Brock Larson out of START Jiu Jitsu in St. Cloud, MN.

I Started training jiu jitsu in 2006 when I was competing in professional mixed martial arts.

After after 20 years of training combative arts of all styles--taekwondo, Muy thai, mixed martial arts, Judo, Kali, wrestling, and jiu jitsu--with mostly all men,  I feel jiu jitsu is the most important self defense for women. I have two daughters and I have been teaching them jiu jitsu since they were 3 years old!

I was a black belt in taekwondo when I started jiu jitsu, but I quickly realized that my black belt 'striking' skills didn’t mean much when a wrestler tackled me and pinned me to the ground. I knew that if I wanted to be the toughest competitive athlete in my weight class I needed to be able to fight in any position - even on my back. This also applies to practical 'real world' women's self defense. 

I know jiu jitsu works because I use it to 'tap' men who are bigger and stronger than me! All the time!

From training and competing in mixed martial arts, I learned that most real life situations ('fights' or attacks without rules) involve a lot of grabbing and tackling. Despite my black belt training in taekwondo, I did not know how to defend myself if someone grabbed me. Even with my advanced striking skills, I found that I could not rely solely on striking to defend myself. I was not fast enough to strike before getting tackled and found myself getting pinned down and unable to move. I felt a little cheated, because I had put so much confidence in my taekwondo skills only to discover that I could not defend myself like I thought I could. Training and practicing Jujitzu the past 6 years, I now can escape when people have my back, when they are pinning me down, and when they are choking me.