Women’s Classes

Women’s Program


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. Currently, a Brown Belt, Sarah also accepted the role of the Team GD Jitsu Jitsu’s women’s head coach in 2013.

Below is a list of Sarah’s latest competition achievements

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 

2014 Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship (Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.) – Silver (purple/60 kg)

2014 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Irvine,CA) – Gold (purple/light weight) and Silver (Open weight)

2014 IBJJF European Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Lisbon, Portugal) – Silver (Purple/Light)

2013 IBJJF World Championship (Long Beach, CA)-  Gold (Purple/light weight).

2013 IBJJF Asia Championship (Tokyo, Japan) – Gold (purple/light weight) and Gold (open weight)

2012/2013 Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship winner (San Diego and NY/Blue and purple to black)

2012/2013 World Championship IBJJF – Master and Seniors (Long Beach,CA) Gold (light weight) and Gold (open weight). Blue and purple.

2012 IBJJF American National Championship (Torrance, CA) – Gold (middle weight) and Gold (open weight)

12 x IBJJF International Open Gold Medalist


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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