Women’s Classes

Women’s Program

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Sarah Black IBJJF 2013 World Champion (purple/light)

The Women’s Exclusive Program at the GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a class designed to introduce women to the “gentle art” with the comfort of training in an all female environment. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be intimidating at first, especially since the sport is generally male-dominated, but the Women’s Exclusive Program allows women to learn, train, and develop themselves without the stress and worry of having to prove themselves to their male counterparts. The use of technique and leverage in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is what makes the sport perfect for women, regardless of age, weight, size, or athleticism.

Headed by Gustavo Dantas purple belt and stand-out competitor, Sarah Black, the Women’s Exclusive Program will provide students with many benefits. From increased strength and flexiblity to weight and stress loss, the Women’s Exclusive Program aims to build confident and empowered ladies. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also an effective form of self-defense for women since it is designed to give power to someone who is smaller and weaker than their opponent.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, defend yourself, become a Jiu-Jitsu athlete, or be a stronger and more fabulous you, the Women’s Exclusive Program can help you get there.

 

Our Instructor: Sarah Black

In February of 2006, at the age of 26, Sarah Black took her first Judo class.  After a year training with the Chico Judo Club, Sarah made the move to Redwood City, CA and trained with the Stanford and Cahill’s Judo Teams.  She ended her Judo career training at the Jason Morris Judo Center in Scotia, New York where she was awarded the rank of Nidan (second degree Black) from Jason Morris at the end of 2010.

 

She started shifting her focus to Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu (BJJ) and joined team Nova Uniao. She was awarded her Blue Belt from Robson Moura (André Pederneiras) in 2009. In 2012 Sarah was awarded her Purple Belt from Gustavo Dantas (André Pederneiras). In 2013 Sarah won the IBJJF World Championship in the Light weight Purple belt division. Sarah also accepted the role of Team GD Jitsu Jitsu’s women’s head coach in 2013.

Below is a list of Sarah’s competition achievements

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Purple Belt Competition Results

* 2013 Las Vegas International Open IBJJF – Gold (light weight) and Silver (open weight).

* 2013 Grapplers Quest Vegas No Gi – Gold (under 159s), Silver (open weight).

* 2013 AZ State Championship – Gold (middle weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2013 World Championship IBJJF -  Gold (light weight).

* 2013 Copa Bella – Gold (light weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2013 Pan Championship IBJJF – Bronze (middle weight) and Bronze (open weight).

* 2013 8th AZ Open – Gold (middle weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2013 San Francisco International Open IBJJF – Gold (middle weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2012 San Diego World Pro Trials- Purple, Brown, Black – Gold (weight division) and Silver (Under 139s absolute).

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Blue Belt Competition Results

* 2012 New York World Pro Trials – White, Blue – Gold (open weight)

* 2012 World Championship IBJJF – Master and Seniors, Gold (light weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2012 4th Southwest Classic – Gold (Heavy weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2012 American Nationals IBJJF – Gold (middle weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2012 Vegas International Open IBJJF, Gold (middle weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2012 Long Beach International Open IBJJF, Gold (middle weight).

* 2012 Phoenix International Open IBJJF, Gold (middle weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2012 San Francisco International Open IBJJF, Gold (middle weight) and Silver (open weight).

* 2012 All Star Tournament, Gold (middle weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2012 Jiu-Jitsu By the Sea, Gold (middle weight) and Gold (open weight).

* 2009 American Nationals IBJJF, Gold (light weight) and Gold (open weight).

 

Judo – Black Belt Competition Results

* 2010 Presidents Cup Grand Rapids Kent County, Gold (63 kg)

* 2010 Starrett Cup Boston, Gold (63 kg)

* 2009 Quebec Senior Open Montreal, Bronze (63 Kg)

* 2009 US Nationals Championships San Diego, Bronze (63 Kg)

* 2008 USA Fall Classic Spokane, Bronze (63 Kg)

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