Professor William Vandry’s View – 2011 Women’s Year in Review

I have taught five women’s self defense clinics this year and each has been a successful turnout, and positive feedback.  Women have self confidence and an ability to overcome bigger, stronger assailants.

I note that each clinic I have taught, women are usually a little shy at first, but at the end, I have never taught a clinic where they did not enjoy the armlocks, chokes, reverses and the empowerment it gives them.


William Vandry Women’s self defense clinic Brownsville, Texas

Summer Women’s self defense clinic Austin Texas with student taught the flying armbar by Professor Vandry

Professor Vandry and assistant Black belt Ed Aiken teach fall Women’s self defense clinic Austin Texas

The main benefit after the clinic from the women seems to be about self confidence, and not fearing unknown variables of self defense.  This is a very positive aspect, and on youtube a few minutes recorded of women discussing my clinic really captivates what they gained:

The December clinic was a hit.  Despite the pouring rain, the women showed up for their training.  You women are the toughest and most awesome ones on the planet!

Professor Vandry at the Women’s self defense December clinic with awesome female students!

We look forward to formulating a quarterly self defense clinic for women in 2012.  If you are reading this and are interested, please register on our website and send us an email for more information.

Professor William Vandry

38 thoughts on “Professor William Vandry’s View – 2011 Women’s Year in Review”

  1. For Centuries there have been many ways in which women have been silenced…no more ladies, I want to hear you roar!!

    William does an amazing job of relating these techniques to the female brain, he truly ‘gets’ the way we think.

  2. The best part about being a part of the BJJ community has been the warm welcome I’ve received as one of the girls. I love that when we step on the mat, the gender-specific stereotypes disappear and all that is left is strategy and teaching. There is never a different move for me since I am a girl. All that matters is training together. And the best part about that is the drive I have discovered inside of me to be better, to learn more, to master a move. I know you girls know what I am talking about… and boys too. 🙂

  3. Women are very strong people, and are not the weaker kind either. I dont agree nor do I allow that philosophy at my academy with women. Respect, training, developing and earning their strengths via their work always rewards. Last year was a great year dealing with women, and I think this one is going to be alot more explosive!! Keep up the good work, I look forward to all the toughest women training hard!

    Prof. Vandry

    1. Will, I completely agree with the statement above. I’ve been dodging Teresa on the mat for the better part of a year now. Lets not forget Martha your first female black belt as well.

  4. Everybody dodges Terror and LA. Hey, Lindsay, Jen, Jess, Marc and those other ladies are getting tougher and tougher….I think I will stick to my easier opponents like my black betlt…oh, and they will tear your arms up in the womens self defense clinics!

  5. Professor,

    What a great community you have created. It is fantastic to see all the female warriors training hard. Good luck in 2012!

    Matt Serfoss

  6. Vandry girls rule! I’d love to see more come out of the woodworks in 2012. Let’s show these boys a thing or two!


  7. Self defense is hugely important for me and my wife. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to defend yourself. Don’t miss it!

    Dave Frankie

  8. I think it’s great that women are getting involved in Jui Jitsu and other martial arts. I think it’s important that we support them and help them grow just as we do.


  9. It’s always fantastic to see women discovering their capabilities through BJJ and martial arts. It is by far the best way to empower themselves. Look forward to seeing you at the next clinic!


  10. My experience has been that I get the opportunity to teach what I have learned to women, which helps me develop my game. By the end of the session, I’ve learned more from them than I have from the guys.

  11. Everyone here is very respectful of each other regardless of age, sex or physical condition.

  12. I think this is a fantastic program for any woman, not only for self-defense but also for fitness.

  13. Definitely women have some great abilities to develop faster than men. Their hip structure is a bit different, but they really are tougher each day, keep it up!

  14. Women just need to see the beauty in BJJ and then they will get hooked. I feel the martial arts, inparticular BJJ has a million benifits and no negative aspects. Women in martial arts needs to grow. Vandry BJJ is helping with this growth.

    1. As a wise man said to me this week on the mat… “I wish more girls liked to sweat the way you do!” I can honestly say that the endorphins and the feeling I have when I am done makes up for it all!

  15. Jen is definitely the wise one…and hey, dont forget folks, we have the self defense clinic this weekend!!

  16. Had a blast with the women’s clinic today, got some good Q and A, and some great training and development from mental, physical and psychological understanding of BJJ and the application in self defense. Thanks to Jen, Doc and all the staff who helped out.


    1. Enjoyed the self defense class for women this weekend. really inspiring to see women get out of their comfort zone and try to learn martial arts. it’s a real step forward, and i am especially proud of my daughter brenna that went with me saturday. she was hitting that arm bar and RNC like nobody’s business. i know that she will never be taken advantage of, and that is because of training at VBJJ!


  17. Love the seminars; gutted I missed out on this one and missed you all lots. Glad you are all well and had fun and learnt some more valuable skills today. Love always

  18. Lindsay, next one, and I will see you in class. i think we had some very positive feedback on all the great women that attended, and I was very privileged to be asked questions on ad hoc questions on everything from self defense, overcoming psychological dangers and barriers, as well as general grappling and working with these awesome women. I was very proud to see a young women in her late 70′ watch her daughter train..she may be there next time.

    1. she’s a patient of mine. that was cool to see them there. i’m sure that will be the topic of discussion today when she comes for her visit today. great class professor!


  19. Seeing the toughness come out of girls when they find their game is incredible. We definitely need more of them out there.

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