The popularity of Women in Mixed Martial Arts has increased the number of females in combat sports across not just MMA but also in jiu jitsu academies across the nation. The Ohio Valley region is no exception producing professional jiu jitsu athletes such as Niki Sullivan being show cased at the highest levels as her male counterparts. The ladies aren’t trailing too far behind when it comes to showing off the talent of the area on such stages as the Eddie Bravo Invitational, showcased on UFC Fight Pass.
With the rise in popularity has also come a group of women eager to elevate their fellow female jiu jitsu practitionors through the formation of the Kentuckiana Women’s Jiu Jitsu Club. Originally founded by Christiania Scott, she passed the torch over to Dani Harris due to a necessary re-location.
Dani has made it her mission to strengthen the womens jiu jitsu community and provide support for each other regardless of skill level or gym affiliation. She kicked off with a strong start bringing UFC fighter Cat Zigano and 2008 USA Olympic Bronze Medalist Randi Miller in for her first official club meeting in June of 2017 at Gracie Jiu Jitsu of Kentucky.
The second meeting hopes to keep the momentum rolling bringing in another female instructor and an opportunity to gain experience with ladies from around the area in an open mat session. The event is open to all female jiu jitsu practitioners regardless of rank or affiliation. It will be held on September 16th, 2017 at Area 502 MMA. The decision was made to introduce a female instructor this round familiar with the submission only and EBI rules style competitions gaining popularity in the area. This meeting’s instructor will be professional MMA athelete and 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu purple belt, Gina Elliott.
The decision was made to focus on the submission only style this meeting partially due to the Ultimate Grappling Invitational founded by Adama Gomez of Georgetown MMA. On October 7th The U.G.I will host an exclusivly all female charity event to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation dedicated to ending breast cancer. For more information click HERE.
Dani Harris, of the Kentuckiana Women’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club, hopes to give all ladies an opportunity to meet, gain knowledge, and build a strong network of women across the area. Dani invites all women to attend. For more information please visit the Kentuckiana Womens Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club.
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