I have a laundry list of reasons that I practice Jiu Jitsu, but since this is the women's forum, I'll talk about the "female" ness reason. Gentlemen, if you are reading this, mind the acetone fumes. I went through a sort of femi-nazi stage in my early 20's, I didn't need anyone to open the door for me, didn't need to be picked up for a proper date, etc etc. Because, darn it, I was a strong woman and didn't need any of that crap. Silly me however, I couldn't even run a mile, and I had scrawny arms. Not the picture of a strong woman. Long story short, as part of a self-initiated readjustment, I started BJJ three years ago, and I now feel like I have come full circle to living the art of being a woman. The grittyness of the mat yields out of the gut, a clear mind and a strong body, and each time I roll, whether I had a good class or I rolled crummy that day, the clarity deepens and the strength becomes more beautiful. I can run far and hike tall mountains, and then preen delicately for martinis, fine food, great music, and the other great riches in life. Now, I am a woman.