Sofia Amarante wrote on her donations page, “I have a great chance to become the First American Female to win the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship as a black belt.” It is 2013 and there has never been an American to win gold in the Female black belt division?
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship came to the US from Rio de Janeiro Brazil in 2007. This move helped make the sport much more accessible to American athletes male and female. In 2007, Emily Kwok won the middle weight black belt division. Emily, “Japan, to be more specific I was born in Aomori, Japan.” She is the first Canadian to win the worlds and one of the first non-Brazilians. “I was 19 when I moved to the US. We immigrated to Canada when I was one and a half years old and I was raised speaking Japanese only until I went to elementary. My father is Chinese from Hong Kong and tri-lingual.” She continues, “Try Penny Thomas or Laurence Cousins.”
I went to this camp in LA. Knocked my socks off my bare feet! I'm a black belt and I've been training for 15 years. I've trained with a lot of wonderful people. I have never trained with 4 world champions on the same day in the same room. If you've got an problem with your technique there WILL be someone in that room who's gone through it too.
My hat is off to the Gracie Humaita Women's team. They are an aspiration.
Friday, December 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM (PT) South San Francisco, CA
The Sweaty Betties are pleased to announce our latest event: A Women’s Only Training Camp with LETICIA RIBEIRO
Train like a champion with the champions!!!!
For the first time ever in the Bay Area, a historical figure in women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 3rd degree black belt under Royler Gracie and leader of Gracie Humaitá, the best female fight team of all time LETICIA RIBEIRO will be conducting a three-day Gi and No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu camp exclusively for women in San Francisco, CA. As an added bonus, Leticia will be joined by talented members of the Gracie Humaitá team including LUKA DIAS, PENNY THOMAS, BIA MESQUITA and MACKENZIE DERN.
The ADCC 2011 Semi finals are looking hot. From Nottingham, England we've seen some great fights and match-ups you won't see anywhere else. Next we have the Absolute division and Renzo Gracie and Mario Sperry hit the mat in their Superfight prior to the Absolute finals. Here's a run-down on the fights remaining:
Rafael Mendes x Robson Moura Rubens "Cobrinha" x Jeff Glover
Following the 2010 Tournament Results and the intense competition at the IBJJF 2010 No-Gi Championship Tournament, we've select some Legendary photos from the tournament. These competitors are emblematic of our passion for BJJ, the compeition and determination to win.
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