Female Grapplers Complained About Safety Issues on Facing Trans Athlete
Female wrestling competitors recently pulled out of BJJ & wrestling tournaments to avoid competing against physically stronger transgender opponents. This led to the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) revising its rules.
At a NAGA jiu-jitsu tournament in Georgia, transgender participants got gold medals in the women’s categories. NAGA explained that transgender athletes might have registered as female without prior notification. Several women voiced concerns about safety risks due to uneven matches against transgender athletes. One competitor got in tears after a match and cancelled future events due to fear.
Jayden Alexander confessed that she got tears after competing with a transgender woman in an unidentified tournament in July. She was so “devastated” and frightened that she pulled out of future competitions, including a NAGA event.
“The simple fact is that men signing up for combat sports to fight women is entirely unacceptable,” she stated.
“The experience was horrible and scary. was absolutely in fight or flight mode,” she shared in an Instagram post.
“We deserve for rules and regulations to be established that safeguard us from these situations and keep us protected, rather than feeling compelled to self-exclude from competitions to avoid fighting men,” she expressed.
Another participant felt the need to pull out to dodge similar circumstances.
Last month, Taelor Moore, a woman weighing 135 pounds, shared a video of her battling a 200-pound transgender athlete with the caption: “My biggest opponent yet.”
Despite Moore’s victory, her coach, Jimmy Witt, voiced concerns that she “could have been seriously hurt,” as reported by Breitbart.
Ansleigh Wilk, another competitor, stated that she was not notified that she would be facing a transgender woman in a competition. On July 8, she faced transgender, which left her in a state of “panic.”
“They felt so strong, I was like, ‘Oh my God’. . thought I couldn’t take them down,” she commented on the match she eventually won.
“This was always about the other girls traumatized by this event and the future of female grappling. I can’t believe people think this is OK,” she said. I’m astounded that people consider this acceptable,” she added.
Marshi Smith, who co-founded the Independent Council on Women’s Sports, mentioned that she has “spoken to four women who have all fought male fighters in the combat sport of Jiu Jitsu.”
“They are extremely upset. They are emailing federation leadership and being dismissed,” Smith informed Reduxx.
NAGA emphasized that not all negative experiences of women took place at their events. They also pointed out that their previous rules mandated biological females to have the option to compete against transgender athletes. It depicted they were aware of their participation.
NAGA admitted that their registration process only inquired about biological sex, not transgender status. They will now guide transgender females on which division to join. “Maintaining fairness for female athletes is our paramount priority,” particularly considering the potential for injuries in grappling.
In the future, transgender females who have experienced male puberty will not be allowed to participate in women’s divisions at NAGA events. They will be required to join the men’s division. NAGA hopes this policy will prevent future problems and enable transgender females to select divisions or get refunds if they are informed about the policy.