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

ARIZONA

  • Luciana “Luka” Dias 2003, Royler Gracie and Megaton Dias,
  • Mackenzie Dern 2012, Megaton Dias
  • Karen Antunes 2014, Prodigy BJJ
  • Sarah Black 2015, Gustavo Dantas
  • Donna Andreas 2017, Fabio Santos BJJ
  • Andi Cruz 2018, Monstro BJJ
  • Alicia Sandoval 2018, Carlson Gracie
  • Lisa Pages 2018, Jay Pages, Jay Pages BJJ/98/CTA

ARKANSAS

  • Hillary Williams 2010, 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
  • Melissa Haueter, Combat Base
  • Charlene Coats 2013, Raul Castillo
  • Jill Baker 2014, Jean Jacques Machado, Matt Baker BJJ
  • Angelica Galvao 2014, Andre Galvao, instructor at ATOS San Diego
  • Danielle Martin 2014, Nelson Monteiro
  • Stephanie Moon 2013, owner and instructor at Danville BJJ
  • Sara Fearon 2013, Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu Turlock
  • Shawn Tamaribuchi-Keiser 2015, Lana Stefanac, co-owner of FOUR Elements Fitness
  • Maxine Thylin 2015, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Kristina Barlaan 2015, Caio Terra, instructor at Caio Terra Academ
  • Lori Bruzenas
  • Jane Simbre Janero 2015, John Janero, Evolve Training Center
  • Marion Reneau 2016, Cleber Luciano, Eliteteam Visalia
  • Leah Mancillas 2016, Alfredo Barum, Barum BJJ
  • 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
  • Judy Gomes 2017, Diogo Gomes
  • Sophia Nordenö 2017, Alfredo Barum, Barum BJJ
  • Mollii Khang 2017, Leticia Ribeiro
  • Erin Herle 2017
  • Rita Lynne Gribben 2018, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Gabrielle Mc Comb 2018, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Vykki Milliman, Studio 540/Gracie Barra Encinitas
  • Jessica Penne
  • Nathalie Ribeiro, Checkmat La Habra
  • Erica Santana 2018, Giva Santana, Giva Santana BJJ
  • Melissa Davis 2018, Giva Santana, 
  • Kim Ferguson 2018, Eddie Bravo, owner of 10th Planet Burbank
  • Chrissy Winograd 2018, Leticia Ribeiro
  • Jena Bishop
  • Kelley Hassell-Cramer
  • Gabi Garcia
  • Nina Moura
  • Catherine Perret
  • Amanda Hill, Gracie Barra Glendale
  • Alexis Dufresne
  • Gegi Van De Walker
  • Kristen Davidson
  • Alexis Davis
  • Tess Casey
  • Jessi Taran
  • Brigette Barnato

COLORADO

  • Tessa McMahon 2009, Amal Easton, owner of McMahon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Leanna Dittrich 2013, Roberto Abreu
  • Rossie Snow 2015, Easton Training Center
  • Vanessa Wexler, 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, Amal Easton, Easton Training Center
  • Cheri Muraski, Amal Easton, Easton Training Center 
  • Beth Kolanowski 2017, instructor at Busy BJJ

CONNECTICUT

  • Jessica Swanson 2018

DELAWARE

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

HAWAII

  • Penny Thomas 2008, Luis Heredia,
  • Tracey Goodell 2012, Mike Fowler, 
  • Daynin Dashevsky 2017, owner and instructor at Kahala Jiu-Jitsu

IDAHO

INDIANA

  • Kim Freeman 2018, Nick Pollaro and Pat Robinson

ILLINOIS

IOWA

KANSAS

  • Jen Case

KENTUCKY

LOUISIANA

  • Caroline Vanek 2013, NOLABJJ
  • Megan Gaudet Burbante,

MAINE

  • Amanda Buckner
  • Marcela Sorrentino Lawton

MARYLAND

MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN

  • Sharon Schleif 2016, Rigan Machado

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

  • Bernadette Watkins Robinson

NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO

  • Tammy Griego 2012, Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, instructor at Los Lunas BJJ

NEW YORK

  • Dominyka Obelenyte 2015, Marcelo Garcia, instructor at Hinds Combat Sports
  • Megan Neville
  • Michele Colon 2018, Carlos Machado and Marcio Santos, instructor at Ascend Jiu Jitsu projecto social
  • Vanessa Molina, Gracie Barra Long Island

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO

OKLAHOMA

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

WYOMING

 

UNKNOWN LOCATION

  • Christie Thomas 2013, Relson Gracie
  • Veronica Mayorga
  • Melissa Bardfield
  • Alejandra Gonzalez
  • Nyjah Easton
  • Sijara Eubanks 2014, Lloyd Irvin
  • Chelsea Bainbridge-Donner
  • Natasha Quiza
  • Hillary Witt