For those of you who missed me on E! News last night, tune in today at 12pm!

I had the opportunity of teaching Ashlan just a couple of life-saving techniques.

To find out more about how to empower yourself with not only the physical techniques, but also the proper mindset, click HERE.

If you’d like to learn these techniques along with the entire Women Empowered curriculum, you can come try a class at the Gracie Academy, Beverly Hills. (324 S Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills)

Just mention my name and try a class for free!


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Join me for a FREE Women’s self-defense seminar this Saturday!

In response to the attempted rape that took place near Runyon Canyon on June 2, the Gracie Academy is offering two free women’s self-defense seminars in July, one in Torrance and one in Beverly Hills. This special 2-hour seminar is designed for first-time self-defense students; you don’t need to have any prior experience!

Click HERE for more information.

Hope to see you there,

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I am SO excited to share with you Made Woman Magazine!

What is Made Woman Magazine you ask? Well, Made Woman Magazine was founded in 2009 by Lindsey Day and Serena Watson (fellow USC Trojans!!). Troubled by the lack of diverse representations of females in magazines, they set out with a unique vision to create a platform for young professional women to connect and grow together. Together, they built the Made Woman team: a collective of strong, witty and opinionated women devoted to writing about the issues that affect women’s daily lives. More than two years later, Made Woman is becoming a lifestyle brand focused on spreading positivity, humor, and relevant information throughout the digital world and beyond.

As you know I place tremendous value in sisterhood and women empowerment and Made Woman Magazine truly embodies this! I encourage all you BeliEVErs out there to get involved , sign up, and most important pledge to support this initiative!

Check out this awesome video, in which I am featured as a Made Woman.

Here are some behind the scene’s pictures from the video shoot:

Here is the link to the Made Woman Spotlight on myself! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!!

Want to support young professional women everywhere?! Please make a contribution to Made Woman Mag’s Indiegogo campaign today CLICK HERE!

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Take a moment to check out this new video!

Women Empowered is the official Gracie self-defense program for women – a program that changed my life so significantly that I now dedicate myself to teaching it. In this 15-lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralize the 15 most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned to the ground by a weapon-bearing assailant.

Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques in the Women Empowered program employ leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents.

Once you complete the Women Empowered program, you may take a timed proficiency test, and should your performance meet Gracie Academy standards, you will be awarded the pink belt as a symbol of your accomplishment!

To learn how you can access the Women Empowered program from home, or to find a Certified Training Center near you, visit:‬‬ or

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As some of you know, I am an instructor of the Women Empowered Program at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. With the new Beverly Hills academy opening soon, you can now take the time to get to know me along with the other instructors! To find out more about the new Beverly Hills Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy, visit

Meet Eve!

Meet Rener!

Meet Ryron!

Meet Ralek!

Meet Alex Ueda!

Meet Alex Stuart!

Meet Brian!

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Last week Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry, Stephanie McMahon and I had the honor of visiting the South Bronx Academy, where we took part in a Be A STAR rally.

Bullying is something that at some point we’ve all encountered… whether we’ve been a victim of bullying ourselves, or whether we’ve witnessed it. Either way, it’s an issue that is personally very dear to my heart, and I encourage you all to get involved in the fight against bullying. To find out more about the Be A Star program and how to start a chapter at your school, visit

Check out this video of our experience at the South Bronx Academy:

Here’s another video; blogger Micah Jesse (@MicahJesse) interviews Sheamus, Mark Henry, Alberto Del Rio and myself at the rally! For the full story from his blog click here.

Today, I’m setting you all the same challenge I set the participants of this Be A Star rally- and that is to send a positive message to someone on facebook or twitter today!

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Please take a moment to watch this video;

Congress must act now to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the landmark achievement in the movement to end violence against women and girls!

The Violence Against Women Act revolutionized the way violent crimes against women are prosecuted and prevented, and in addition reshaped the way victims receive services and transformed the way communities respond to survivors.

We cannot afford for the reauthorization of VAWA not to pass. For more information on how you can take action visit

BeliEVErs, while today marks the end of National Sexual Assault Awareness month, this does not mean that our dedication to the cause or to awareness should falter! For more information on the program I’m involved with, the Gracie Women Empowered program, visit here.

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This month has been declared national sexual assault awareness month, and I ask that we take this time to educate ourselves (both men and women!) about the importance of being aware of our surroundings and educating ourselves on how to protect ourselves in the event of an attack.

The statistics around rape and sexual assault are alarming, with one study showing that one in four college women report surviving rape (15 percent) or attempted rape (12 percent) since their fourteenth birthday- astounding! Here are some articles that you should read, that show just how staggering the statistics are:

“One In Four” Article – Click Here

WPIX Article- Click Here

While alarming, there are things that we can all do to protect ourselves against perpetrators! As many of you know I am a representative for the Gracie Women Empowered Self Defense program, a program that teaches you how to protect yourself in the event of an attack- something we all need to know. To learn more about this click here, it will change your life just like it changed mine!

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In honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness month, I ask that we remind ourselves about the importance of our safety, and discuss amongst ourselves what we can do to help keep ourselves physically and emotionally protected.

A serial rapist being held at the Penitentiary of New Mexico agreed to do an interview with MSNBC’s “Lockup” in which he shared all the details of how he was able to rape 22 different women. From a self-defense perspective, the interview is extremely enlightening, since it identifies exactly what the predator is thinking when he is planning and perpetrating the crimes, thereby helping us to strategize ways in which to prevent an attack from happening and equipping us with the knowledge of how to react in the event of an attack.

Before watching, please note, that this video contains graphic language and depicts very scary scenarios:

This is a very scary clip but extremely telling of what people who commit these crimes are thinking. Like I said earlier, knowing how they go about committing them can then help us know how to avoid and defend against them!

The most important thing we can learn from this is how heightened awareness is our first line of defense. Life makes it so that we can’t always put ourselves in the safest of scenarios, but we can make ourselves more aware when we do have to be in isolated areas. Standing up tall, making eye contact, with those around us, and using verbal assertiveness can help deter assailants who are looking for an “easy target”. Also, we should avoid being isolated from the public at all costs. Although he used a weapon to coerce the women into their own car, if you can run, defend yourself, and avoid isolation, your chances of survival will be much greater. Studies show that if he will kill you in public, he will most likely be planning to kill you in private.

As many of you know, I am a representative for the Gracie Women Empowered self-defense program; a program that has changed my life and one that I know can change yours! In this program we teach you all both the awareness principles and the simple techniques that you need know in order to protect yourself in the event of an attack! As women (and men too!) it is SO important that we learn how to defend ourselves. Rape and assault is a very real threat, and the statistics are staggering.

For more information on the Gracie women empowered program please visit here.

If you or someone you know has survived sexual assault, contact RAINN at 1(800) 656-HOPE or for confidential support.

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