North America

THE UNITED STATES

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. Names in red are unverified or missing some information.

ALABAMA

ALASKA

  • Molly Nevin 2009, Charles Scott, IKA Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Katie Brown 2010, Charles Scott, IKA Alaska, Fairbanks

ARIZONA

ARKANSAS

CALIFORNIA

  • Leka Vieira 1998, Aloisio Silva, owner and instructor at Checkmat Valencia
  • Leticia Ribeiro 2000, Vini Aieta, owner and instructor at Gracie South Bay
  • Cindy Omatsu 2002, Rigan Machado and Leka Vieira,
  • Kris Shaw 2005, Leka Vieira, Tinguinha BJJ Academy, Yorba Linda
  • Felicia Oh 2005, Jean Jacques Machado,
  • Jocelyn Chang 2005, Leka Vieira,
  • Gabriela Francis 2007, instructor at Jiu Jitsu Foundation, La Mesa
  • Jeanette Portocarrero 2007, Jean Jacques Machado, currently inactive
  • 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, Berkeley
  • Gabi Garcia 2010, Fabio Gurgel, Alliance
  • Caren Camblin 2010, Claudio França, co-owner and instructor at Freefall Mixed Martial Arts, Santa Cruz
  • Luiza Monteiro 2010, Rodrigo Cavaca, ATOS, San Diego
  • Melissa Haueter 2011, Chris Haueter and Cindy Omatsu, instructor at The Garage, Redondo Beach
  • Beatriz Mesquita 2011, Leticia Ribeiro, instructor at Gracie South Bay
  • Ana Carolina Vidal, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Luciana Bassoli, Joe Moreira
  • Cecilia Minshall 2012
  • Mackenzie Dern 2012, Megaton Dias, Checkmat
  • Cindy Almonte 2012, owner of Checkmat Corona BJJ
  • Charlene Coats 2013, Raul Castillo, ATOS, San Diego
  • Stephanie Moon 2013, owner and instructor at Danville BJJ, Danville
  • Jena Bishop 2013, Royler Gracie and JW Wright, instructor at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu San Diego
  • Sara Fearon 2013, Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu Turlock
  • Brigette Barnato 2013, Mikyo Riggs, instructor at Marin MMA, San Anselmo
  • Debra Arana 2013, Clovis Silva, instructor at Thrive Cia Paulista, Pacifica
  • 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, San Clemente
  • Shawn Tamaribuchi-Keiser 2015, Lana Stefanac, co-owner of FOUR Elements Fitness, Oakland
  • Maxine Thylin 2015, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Kristina Barlaan 2015, Caio Terra, instructor at Caio Terra Academy, San Jose
  • Jessica Thon-Ralph 2015, Pedro Sauer, instructor at Studio 540, Solana Beach
  • Jane Simbre Janero 2015, John Janero, Evolve Training Center, San Francisco
  • Patricia Fontes 2015, Lucas Leite, Lucas Leite BJJ, La Habra
  • Deborah Clem 2015, Fabio Santos, Fabio Santos Jiu Jitsu, San Diego
  • Marion Reneau 2016, Cleber Luciano, Trifecta MMA, Visalia
  • Leah Mancillas 2016, Alfredo Barum, Barum BJJ, San Diego
  • Talita Alencar 2016, Theodoro Canal and Julio Cesar Pereira, Cobrinha BJJ
  • Jennifer Turner 2016, Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, Cobrinha BJJ, Los Angeles
  • Chris Lang 2016, Claudio Franca, instructor at Coalition 95, Santa Cruz
  • Bethany Schulze 2016, Chris Smith, instructor at Tiger Martial Arts, Aptos
  • Nivia Moura 2016, Adalberto Ventura, Atos, San Diego
  • Jessica Oliveira Flowers 2016, Henrique Machado, Gracie Barra 
  • Lenna Uhlinger 2017, Cassio Werneck, instuctor at Mixed Grappling Arts, Elk Grove
  • 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, Alameda
  • Emma Xiong 2017, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie Humaita South Bay
  • Sophia Nordenö 2017, Alfredo Barum, Barum BJJ, San Diego
  • Mollii Khang 2017, Leticia Ribeiro, Four Elements Fitness, Oakland
  • 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
  • Katy Barros 2017, Ricardo Barros, Ricardo Barros BJJ, Brentwood
  • Rita Lynne Gribben 2018, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Gabrielle Mc Comb 2018, Leticia Ribeiro, Gracie South Bay
  • Erica Santana 2018, Giva Santana, One Jiu Jitsu, Irvine
  • Melissa Davis 2018, Giva Santana, One Jiu Jitsu, Irvine
  • Kim Ferguson 2018, Eddie Bravo, owner of 10th Planet, Burbank
  • Analilya Calzada 2018, Joel Tudor, instructor at Studio 540, Solana Beach
  • Marichiel Boudwin 2018, Leka Vieira, Checkmat, Valencia
  • Veronica Mayorga 2018, Adam Redzovic, Carlson Gracie Irvine
  • Carla Torres 2018, Charles Gracie Academy
  • Summer Casebere da Silva 2018, Aloisio Silva
  • Liz Exell 2018, Alberto Vilanova, Vilanova BJJ, Camarillo
  • Liz Carmouche 2018, 10th Planet Oceanside
  • Judyann Burgess 2018, Cleber Luciano, Elite Team Visalia, Visalia
  • Yvette Aguirre 2018, Julio Cesar Pereira and Danny Vaughan, instructor at M3 Fight&Fitness, Montorose
  • Sheilamarie Padilla 2018, Cleber Luciano, Elite Team Visalia, Visalia
  • Amanda Miller 2018, Blood Spiller BJJ, Yucaipa
  • Nia Doyle 2018, Ralph Gracie Berkeley
  • Brittany Cook 2018, owner and instructor at Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of Fresno
  • Nikki Sullivan 2019, Andre Galvao, ATOS, San Diego
  • Elizabeth Mitrovic 2019, Dustin Akbari, Urijah Faber Ultimate Fitness, Sacramento
  • Veronica Cortez 2019, Bruno “Tank” Mendes
  • Casey Hanmer 2019, Melissa Haueter
  • Terri Swift Grace 2019, Felipe Fogolin, instructor at Triunfo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Costa Mesa
  • Crystina Zastrow 2019, Michael Jen, Smash Gyms, Sunnyvale
  • Vanessa Retes 2019, Marc de la Cruz, Camarillo Jiu Jitsu
  • Angela Marino 2019, Dan Camarillo, instructor at Camarillo Jiu-Jitsu, Bakersfield
  • Kendall Reusing 2019, Gracie Barra, Riverside
  • Tisha Dahl Adams 2019, Troy Acker, OC Carlson Gracie, Orange
  • Malinda Morales 2019 Elias Gallegos, instructor at Alliance Eastlake, Chula Vista
  • Val Kealiinohomoku 2019, Joao “Johnny” Faria, Alliance HQ, San Diego
  • Elizabeth Bonani 2019, Leandro Vieira, CheckMat Lute, San Jose 
  • Dana Blanco 2019, Paul Mendoza, Dynamic MMA, Modesto
  • Lila Smadja-Cruz 2019, 10th Planet
  • Debbie Lai 2019, One World Jiu-Jitsu Academy
  • Brenda King 2019, Jean Jacques Machado, instructor at Peninsula Self Defense, Redwood City
  • Teri Reeves 2019, Romulo Barral, Gracie Barra, Northridge
  • Victoria Tome 2019, Bruno Bastos, Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu, San Fransisco
  • Slavena Zii 2019, Royce Gracie, instructor at Royce Gracie South Bay, Harbor City
  • Rachael Marquez, Fabio Santos BJJ
  • Jeannette Beauchamp, Fabio Santos BJJ
  • Amanda Hill, instructor at Gracie Barra Glendale
  • Christine Ho, Boran Jiu Jitsu
  • Patricia da Silva, Aloisio Silva
  • Tess Casey, John J. Janero and Xande Ribeiro,
  • Lori Bruzenas, Sabre Jiu-Jitsu
  • Jessica Penne, Studio 540
  • Nathalie Ribeiro, Checkmat La Habra
  • Alexis Dufresne
  • Kristen Davidson
  • Alexis Davis
  • Jessi Taran
  • Angy Ormonde
  • Gegi Van De Walker
  • Roxy Roxy
  • Cassia Paixao, 

COLORADO

CONNECTICUT

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

HAWAII

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

IDAHO

INDIANA

ILLINOIS

IOWA

KANSAS

  • Jen Case 2016, Renato Tavares, KCBJJ, Mission
  • Heidi Thompson 2019, Trevor Rivers, co-owner and instructor at Rivers BJJ, Lawrence

KENTUCKY

  • Shannon Montgomery 2018, Josh Johnson, E-townbjj, Elizabethtown

LOUISIANA

MAINE

MARYLAND

MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN

  • Sharon Schleif 2016, Rigan Machado, Dragons Den BJJ
  • Elizabeth Kirchmeier 2019,

MINNESOTA

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

MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI

MONTANA

NEBRASKA

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO

  • Cathy “CJ” Robinson 2012, Alberto Crane, Jesse Jacquez BJJ and Taos BJJ
  • Sarah Boyd 2012, Alberto Crane, Santa Fe BJJ Academy
  • Tammy Griego 2012, Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, instructor at Gracie Barra Los Lunas
  • Amber Rymarz-Freitas 2019, Rafael Freitas, Gracie Barra, Rio Rancho

NEW YORK

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO

OKLAHOMA

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

UTAH

  • Sarah Carlquist, Pedro Sauer, Unified Jiu-Jitsu, Salt Lake City
  • Jennifer Howe, Walt Bayless

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

WYOMING

US TERRITORIES: GUAM

  • Tracy Matanane 2019, Stephen Roberto, Purebred BJJ, Hagatna
  • Brogan Sanchez 2019, Stephen Roberto, Purebred BJJ, Hagatna

CANADA

  • Sheila Bird 2009, Roy Davis, owner and instructor at Champion’s Creed, Calgary, AB
  • Rebecca Sweeney 2009, Wagnney Fabiano, Pacific Top Team, Vernon, BC
  • Misty Shearer 2009, owner and instructor at Brazil 021 Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
  • Christina Barry 2012, Sylvio Behring, CCSA, Winnipeg, MB
  • Alison Tremblay 2014, Ben Mireles, Alpha MMA, Carleton Place, ON
  • Elsa Sery 2014, Bruno Fernandes, Gracie Barra, Montreal, QC
  • Marie Fanton 2015, Bruno Fernandes, Gracie Barra, Montreal, QC
  • Jennifer Weintz 2015, Gracie Barra, Vancouver, BC
  • Amber Nancoo 2015, instructor at Troop BJJ, Sudbury, ON
  • Anne David 2016, Pat Cooligan, OAMA, Ottawa, ON
  • Melyssa Marie Hutchinson 2017, Fabio Holanda, owner and instructor at Synergy BJJ, Fredericton, NB
  • Courtney Pratt 2017, Edgard Lucke, instructor at Mxt Halifax, Halifax, NS
  • Fariba Akbar 2017, Jean Jacques Machado, All Canadian Martial Arts, Academy, Mississauga, ON
  • Deb Taylor 2017, Rodrigo Resende, Rodrigo Resende Academy, Edmonton, AB
  • Yacinta Nguyen 2017, Jorge Britto, TBJJ, Toronto, ON
  • Sofie Zambas 2017, Gravity BJJ, Surrey, BC
  • Stephanie Tsang 2018, Bibiano Fernades, Genesis Martial Arts, Abbotsford, BC
  • Ntona Manou 2018, Jorge Britto, TBJJ, Toronto, ON
  • Sally Arsenault 2018, Kevin Taylor and Peter Martell, Titans Fitness Academy AKA Renzo Gracie Halifax, Halifax, NS
  • Roya S 2018, Marco Costa, Yorkdale Martial Arts Academy, Toronto, ON
  • Andrea Martyn 2018, Jorge Britto, TBJJ, Toronto, ON
  • Lisa Tanguay 2018, Jorge Britto Alpha MMA, Carleton Place, ON
  • Sarah Kaufman 2018, Zuma Martial Arts, Victoria, BC
  • Sissi Phatsana 2019, BTT, Quebec
  • Sarah Draht 2019, instructor at Pacific Top Team, Kelowna
  • Juliana Nogueira, BTT Canada, Montreal, QC
  • Melissa Biscardi, Jorge Britto, TBJJ Toronto, ON
  • Seanna Rossi, Jorge Britto, TBJJ Toronto, ON
  • Thaise Fernandez, Gracie Barra, Vancouver, BC
  • Sabrina Melendez, Jorge Britto, TBJJ, Toronto, ON

MEXICO

  • Itzel Bazua 2018, Robert Drysdale, Promahos BJJ

UNKNOWN LOCATION

  • Christie Thomas 2012, Relson Gracie
  • Sijara Eubanks 2014, Lloyd Irvin
  • Emily Wetzel Halpern
  • Katrina Weilbacher
  • Jessica Swanson 2018, Rafael Formiga,