Gracie Barra Roundhay Leeds



Edition: #004

Published: 09/05/24

Author : Wai Yip

Rosie Fraser

1. As one of the students in our first female-only GBF 6-week programme, how has your BJJ journey evolved since then? Any memorable milestones or “aha” moments?

RF: I became obsessed with BJJ after my very first session! I remember my first Live Training session, I had no idea what was going on, but that session was when things felt like they were jelling together in my brain and sequences started to make a bit more sense – that felt like an ‘aha’ moment!

2. What was your first impression when you stepped onto the mat for your first session?

RF: I was a bit apprehensive to be honest, it was totally out of my comfort zone but I soon realised that everyone else was in the same boat. I didn’t even know you weren’t supposed to wear socks, and I HATE feet, so that was quite an experience… (my foot phobia has now passed with all of your feet near my face three times a week).

3. You, your husband, and your son are all part of the BJJ journey together here at GBRL. How does training as a family impact your dynamic both on and off the mats? Out-of-nowhere takedowns pre-dinner?!

RF: You have to be on guard in the Fraser house these days. Dave actually tried a double-leg takedown in our living room the other day; it’s safe to say it didn’t go well. Dave and I are a bit keen, but it does feel like all our conversations now revolve around training and BJJ—we should probably get another hobby to diversify our conversations.

4. We all have our pre-class rituals. Coffee, stretching, fight song? Spill the beans on yours!

RF: My usual routine is finishing up a client call whilst in my Gi (subtle, I know) and running to the car to make sure I make it on time! Caffeine is a must, but just making it to training on time from work is a winner for me!

5. Can you share a time when a lesson learned on the mats proved useful in an unexpected situation in your everyday life?

RF: Well, not only has BJJ gotten me over my foot phobia, but it’s also been genuinely useful in my day-to-day life. My confidence in myself has grown massively, and I feel like I understand how to hold myself a little better now. The self-defence aspect of training has been such a help to me too and I’m now a massive advocate for all women to do some form of self-defence training, no matter who they are!

6. What advice would you give to someone, especially women, who might be hesitant to start their BJJ journey?

RF: GO. FOR. IT. You won’t know the impact that BJJ will have on you until you start. It’s helped me physically build up confidence and strength, but it’s also given me space to be me! When I became a Mum, I found that I had lost nearly all of my time or space to do anything that was just for me. Starting BJJ gave me space to explore what I love and has given me an opportunity to meet people that I would not have met in my day-to-day life.

7. If you could choose any fictional character as your BJJ training partner, who would it be and why?

RF: It would have to be Black Widow, she must have some fun submissions under her belt.

8. Lastly, if you could sum up your experience with GBRL in just a few words, what would they be?

RF: Fun, friendly, sweaty, addictive!!

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