Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Women Fighting in Upcoming Showtime Event; Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu New England Says Great

West Hartford, CT, February 07, 2007 --(PR.COM)-- Women do not fight in the UFC, consequently, Showtime seems to be breaking new ground. Jim Harpe, Brazilian jiu Jitsu coach at Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Agawam MA where he teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA/SABAKI Methods says, "It's all in the natural order of things, women are as mentally strong as men, maybe even stronger... Royce's father's vision was to have Jiu Jitsu for everyone that means girls and women too.”

He should know. His 12 year old daughter Erin Harpe is living proof. She has won her division in the toughest sport Jiu Jitsu tournaments under the guidance of her seasoned father and his best friend, Tony Davila. Principal by day, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter and coach by night, Mr. Davila says, "It is amazing to see Erin make the teenage boys tap.” She apparently competes against the boys who are generally bigger and stronger.

Jim Hughes of Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu commented, “I don't know, she might be on a mission to make everyone change how they view women in general. She's just 12 and she can make a grown man quit. You have to respect her… and Royce's dad Helio Gracie for giving us Brazilian Jiujitsu where it is the leveraged based technique that rules.”

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