Believers,

On our way from Connecticut to JFK airport, Rener and I stopped by Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour. Here’s a link to the video where we discuss everything from WWE, to how we met, to my girl crushes, to how jiu-Jitsu saved our relationship, and more!

Click here to check out this fun interview!

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Believers,

I joined the hilarious (and slightly creepy) Bryan Callen, and UFC Fighter Brendan Schaub for the Fighter and the Kid podcast this week. We talk WWE, the possibility of a future for me in the UFC, and women’s self-defense.

I am a liiittlleeee hurt that Bryan didn’t sing for me, but I’ll blame it on nerves. ;-)

To check it out click here!

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In efforts to reduce sexual assault in the military, last week Rener and I visited Malmstrom Air Force Base to certify 101 instructors in Gracie Defense Systems. Gracie Defense Sysems is a psychological, verbal, and physical self-defense program created for the military, and is based on principles of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

It was an extremely successful week! Not only were the Airmen fired up and extremely fast learners, but they all have the same mission in mind: to empower their fellow Airmen and all those who live on base.  Check out this great article about the weeklong seminar: CLICK TO VIEW IMAGES AND ARTICLE.

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To see some footage from my Cayman Vacation/Seminars, check out the new Gracie Breakdown! Also, Velasquez’ front choke defense that caused Junior Dos Santos to knock himself out on the canvas… and the CRAZIEST submission I’ve ever seen, between a Kang Fu and a Roo Jitsu representative!

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Believers,

Rener and I are thrilled to share that finally, a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Certified Training Center has been established in the Cayman Islands and to kick things off, we’ll be teaching three seminars at the new location!

There will be one Gracie Combatives seminar, one Gracie Bullyproof Seminar, and one Women Empowered seminar. All three seminars are intended for first-time jiu-jitsu students and absolutely no experience is necessary to participate. Details are below and space is VERY limited so be sure to save your spot well in advance!

See you there!

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Believers,

Rener and I were Keeping it R.E.A.L. with 1400 students from elementary and middle schools in Klamath Falls, Oregon this week! It was such an honor to be able to speak to these incredible kids.

We ran through jiu-jitsu demonstrations and gave examples of how children and teens bully each other and showed a variety of better ways to react in those situations.

Check out the article about the seminars here.

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On behalf of Investigation Discovery’s new show “Surviving Evil” I had the pleasure of teaching four free self defense classes in NYC at various NYSC’s in Manhattan. It was a successful week with many life saving techniques! Check out the survival quiz, along with some photos from the week below!

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Believers,

I am so excited to share this news with you! In alignment with Investigation Discovery’s show Surviving Evil, ID will be promoting a series of web videos entitled “5 Tips that could save your life” with me as the self-defense expert!

As a part of this campaign, I will be teaching FREE self-defense classes at various NY Sports Clubs in Manhattan, NYC.  This is an exciting opportunity to learn some life saving techniques!

I hope you can join me for at least one of these classes. Here is some information about the class, and there is no experience necessary to join!

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Hafa Adai!

This past weekend I had the awesome opportunity to visit the National Guard on the beautiful island of Guam! I went to visit with our troops who were competing in the annual TAG’s cup- a competition held every year between the Army and Air Force guard teams. Softball games, truck pulls, obstacle races, and tire pushes… this was a serious group of athletes! I had a blast and everyone on Guam was extremely welcoming. I then had the opportunity to do a tour of the island, and I took a few pics!…

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