Female Black Belts

Here is the list of female BJJ black belts state by state, including the year of promotion, the name of the instructor(s) and the current gym if the black belt is actively training and/or teaching.

ALABAMA

ALASKA

  • Molly Nevin 2009, Charles Scott,
  • Katie Brown 2010, Charles Scott

ARIZONA

ARKANSAS

  • Hillary Williams 2010, Matt Hamilton and Roli Delgado, Westside MMA
  • Laura Uyeda 2018, Matt Hamilton and Roli Delgado, Westside MMA

CALIFORNIA

  • Leka Vieira 1998, Aloisio Silva, owner and instructor at Checkmat Valencia
  • Cindy Omatsu 2002, Rigan Machado and Leka Vieira,
  • Kris Shaw 2005, Leka Vieira, Tinguinha BJJ Academy
  • Felicia Oh 2005, Jean Jacques Machado,
  • Jocelyn Chang 2005 Leka Vieira,
  • Leticia Ribeiro, Vini Aieta, owner and instructor at Gracie South Bay
  • Gabriela Francis 2007, instructor at Jiu Jitsu Foundation
  • Lana Stefanac 2009, Randy Bloom
  • Ana Laura Cordeiro 2009, Carlos Gracie Jr, Gracie Barra Upland
  • Lily Pagle 2010, Matt Thornton, owner and instructor SBG Norcal
  • Gabi Garcia 2010, Fabio Gurgel, Alliance
  • Caren Camblin 2010, Claudio França, co-owner and instructor at Freefall Mixed Martial Arts 
  • Melissa Haueter 2011, Chris Haueter and Cindy Omatsu, instructor at The Garage
  • Beatriz Mesquita 2011, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Ana Carolina Vidal, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Luciana Bassoli, Joe Moreira
  • Cecilia Minshall 2012
  • Mackenzie Dern 2012, Megaton Dias, Checkmat
  • Charlene Coats 2013, Raul Castillo, Atos San Diego
  • Stephanie Moon 2013, owner and instructor at Danville BJJ
  • Jena Bishop 2013, Royler Gracie and JW Wright, instructor at Gracie Humaita San Diego
  • Sara Fearon 2013, Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu Turlock
  • Brigette Barnato 2013, Mikyo Riggs, instructor at Marin MMA
  • Kelley Hassell-Cramer 2013, owner and instructor at Charles Gracie Truckee
  • Jill Baker 2014, Jean Jacques Machado, Trujitsu Bakersfield
  • Angelica Galvao 2014, Andre Galvao, instructor at ATOS San Diego
  • Danielle Martin 2014, Nelson Monteiro
  • Suzy West 2015, Gracie Barra
  • Shawn Tamaribuchi-Keiser 2015, Lana Stefanac, co-owner of FOUR Elements Fitness
  • Maxine Thylin 2015, Leticia Ribeiro, instructor at Gracie South Bay
  • Kristina Barlaan 2015, Caio Terra, instructor at Caio Terra Academy
  • Jessica Thon-Ralph 2015, Pedro Sauer, instructor at Studio 540
  • Lori Bruzenas, Sabre Jiu-Jitsu
  • Jane Simbre Janero 2015, John Janero, Evolve Training Center
  • Marion Reneau 2016, Cleber Luciano, Trifecta MMA
  • Leah Mancillas 2016, Alfredo Barum, Barum BJJ
  • Jennifer Turner 2016, Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, Cobrinha BJJ
  • Chris Lang 2016, Claudio Franca, instructor at Coalition 95
  • Bethany Schulze 2016, Chris Smith, instructor at Tiger Martial Arts
  • Lenna Uhlinger 2017, instuctor at Mixed Grappling Arts
  • Kayti Quesada 2017, Chris Haueter and Melissa Haueter, Combat Base
  • Nicole Inacio 2017, Gracie Barra Santa Barbara
  • Gabby Romero 2017, Mark Bradford and Alberto Crane, Legacy BJJ Burbank
  • Judy Gomes 2017, Diogo Gomes, Rio Combat
  • Sophia Nordenö 2017, Alfredo Barum, Barum BJJ
  • Mollii Khang 2017, Leticia Ribeiro, Four Elements Fitness
  • Catherine Perret 2017, Leo Vieira, Checkmat
  • Erin Herle 2017, Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles
  • Vykki Milliman 2017, Studio 540/Gracie Barra Encinitas
  • Alex Gonzalez 2017, Andre Vasconcellos, Carlson Gracie South Bay
  • Rita Lynne Gribben 2018, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Gabrielle Mc Comb 2018, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Jessica Penne, Studio 540
  • Nathalie Ribeiro, Checkmat La Habra
  • Erica Santana 2018, Giva Santana, One Jiu Jitsu
  • Melissa Davis 2018, Giva Santana, One Jiu Jitsu
  • Kim Ferguson 2018, Eddie Bravo, owner of 10th Planet Burbank
  • Analilya Calzada 2018, Joel Tudor, instructor at Studio 540
  • Veronica Mayorga 2018
  • Carla Torres 2018, Charles Gracie Academy
  • Summer Casebere da Silva 2018, Aloisio Silva
  • Liz Carmouche 2018, 10th Planet Oceanside
  • Judyann Burgess 2018, Cleber Luciano, Elite Team Visalia
  • Patricia da Silva, Aloisio Silva
  • Nina Moura
  • Amanda Hill, Gracie Barra Glendale
  • Alexis Dufresne
  • Gegi Van De Walker
  • Kristen Davidson
  • Alexis Davis
  • Tess Casey, John J. Janero and Xande Ribeiro,
  • Jessi Taran
  • Patricia Fontes, Checkmat
  • Angy Ormonde

COLORADO

  • Tessa McMahon 2009, Amal Easton, owner of McMahon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Leanna Dittrich 2013, Roberto Abreu, instructor at ETC Castle Rock
  • Rossie Snow 2015, Easton Training Center
  • Vanessa Wexler 2018, Bryan Waltz, owner and instructor at Gracie Barra Colorado Springs
  • Elizabeth Tran 2016, Amal Easton
  • Heather Schmitz, Amal Easton, Easton Training Center
  • Sherri Pasko, Amal Easton, Easton Training Center
  • Kazumi Ekalo 2016, Amal Easton, Easton Training Center
  • Julie Hoponick 2016, Amal Easton, Easton Training Center
  • Cheri Muraski 2017, Amal Easton, ETC Centennial
  • Beth Kolanowski 2017, instructor at Busy BJJ

CONNECTICUT

  • Jessica Swanson 2018
  • Silvia Mondelli, Luigi Mondelli, Kore BJJ
  • Katie Boiteau 2018, Royce Gracie, Fortitude Jiu-Jitsu

DELAWARE

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

HAWAII

  • Penny Thomas 2008, Luis Heredia, currently inactive
  • Tracey Goodell 2012, Mike Fowler, CJJF
  • Sunshine Norton 2013, Jeff Doner, Sunset Beach Jiu Jitsu
  • Daynin Dashevsky 2017, Michael Chapman, owner and instructor at Kahala Jiu-Jitsu
  • Mel Fausto 2017, Leandro Nyza, UFC Gym Honolulu
  • Chrissy Winograd 2018, Leticia Ribeiro, currently inactive
  • Laura Kitabayashi

IDAHO

INDIANA

  • Amanda Shepherd 2010, Bruce Shepherd, The JiuJitsu Academy
  • Kim Freeman 2018, Nick Pollaro and Pat Robinson
  • Vanessa Smith

ILLINOIS

IOWA

KANSAS

  • Jen Case

KENTUCKY

  • Shannon Montgomery 2018, Josh Johnson

LOUISIANA

MAINE

  • Amanda Buckner
  • Marcela Sorrentino Lawton
  • Debbie McCarthy-Gardiner 2017, Marcelo Alonso, Rule 4 BJJ

MARYLAND

  • Judy Riley 2015, Luke Rinehart, Clinch Academy
  • Nyjah Rollins 2013, Lloyd Irvin
  • Aarae Alexander 2016, Lloyd Irvin

MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN

  • Sharon Schleif 2016, Rigan Machado, Dragons Den BJJ

MINNESOTA

  • Gina Franssen 2014, Chris McCune, owner and head instructor at X2 Fitness Mpls

MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI

MONTANA

  • Leah Taylor 2014, Matt Thornton, SBG Montana
  • Alaina Hardie 2017 

NEBRASKA

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO

  • Cathy “CJ” Robinson 2012, Alberto Crane, Jesse Jacquez BJJ and Taos BJJ
  • Sarah Boyd, Alberto Crane, Santa Fe BJJ Academy
  • Tammy Griego 2012, Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, instructor at Los Lunas BJJ

NEW YORK

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO

OKLAHOMA

  • Kim Blake 2018, Carlos Machado, Apollo’s Martial Arts

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

WYOMING

OVERSEAS

UNKNOWN LOCATION

  • Christie Thomas 2013, Relson Gracie
  • Sijara Eubanks 2014, Lloyd Irvin
  • Emily Wetzel Halpern
  • Katrina Weilbacher