Rogue Combat Club recently hosted its their fifth SHE-Jitsu class at their Tunnel Road location.

It was free event offers women the opportunity to learn more about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a female-only environment.

Why is this important, you ask?

“For a woman, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is very intimidating. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a male dominated sport and it’s very “intimate” - meaning it’s up close and personal - and all the movements are counter intuitive. Walking into a gym and seeing a bunch of dudes in a class may be off-putting for women to join in for their very first time,” said Jennifer “Jenn” Lay, who both trains at Rogue Combat Club and manages social media and events.

“I have been training at Rogue since December 2017. I have been working for Johnny since January 2018,” said Lay. “I never played sports in school.... [and] In my early twenties, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go to a kickboxing class with her. Why not, right?! I was instantly hooked. My training began in Raleigh at L.A Boxing (now UFC Gym) [where] I trained for four years and by the final year I was teaching kickboxing classes [and where] I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”

Upon moving to Asheville, like many, Lay discovered Rogue Combat Club - founded in 2008 by Johnny Buck, noted Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitor, catch wrestler, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor.

In an effort to expand offerings to women, and allow them the opportunity to explore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the instruction of experienced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors and Instructors in a more comfortable, women-centered course, Brian Ashland, Buck, and Lay began a monthly SHE-Jitsu course.

The hour and half course teaches each woman to move with explanations of the “why”and the opportunity to use the techniques with each other.

“All of our classes are all-inclusive. [In addition to SHE Jitsu] We offer Muay Thai, Fitness Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We started our She-Jitsu as a way to remove common barriers for women looking to get into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We plan on having an all female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program by the end of next year,” said Lay.

Anyone who is interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is invited to attend a seminar with Charles Harriot on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rogue Combat Club, 811 Tunnel Road, Asheville.

Harriot will be going over The Darce Choke and necktie variations. To register, visit

To see more classes offered at Rogue Combat Club, visit


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