My coach, Dave Birkett, and I founded the London BJJ Women’s Open mat in the summer of 2009. Our purpose was to establish a grassroots meet up for BJJ women in London and the Southeast and since our early sessions at Dartford BJJ the Open Mat has grown and strengthened. True to our initial vision, the Open Mat rotates around different women’s clubs and we were excited to have Mark Corpe of Fighters in Focus photography shoot our Q2 event at BJJ School in Battersea. I had the please of working with Mark for my Marc Walder interview and self defence piece which were part of issue 1 of Jiu Jitsu Style. I’m excited that my piece on women in BJJ will be included in issue 2. Mark took hundreds of beautiful candid shots from our Open Mat and below are some of those that didn’t make it to the mag. Enjoy!