Make Jiu-Jitsu an Olympic game. That’s the focus of the Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, but more than that, the SJJIF stands for community.
Recently, the SJJIF held its first community event in Redondo Beach, providing a place for adults and kids from different academies to come together and learn from top black belts in technique-heavy seminars.
One instructor was world-renowned IBJJF Hall of Famer Leticia Ribeiro. As a 9x World Champion with a 3rd Degree Black Belt in BJJ and an array of other competition titles, it was no surprise that Ribeiro held the crowd captive as she showcased a variety of modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques.
Her genuine, approachable and generous personality was always present. When the seminar was over, the adults were visibly inspired and the kids were quickly lining up to get their belts signed.
Currently teaching out of Gracie South Bay, she’s the leader of one of the best female BJJ teams, the Gracie Humaitá. Ribeiro is widely beloved for being a fantastic female role model and a pillar of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community. Her influential and legendary place in one of the fastest growing martial arts also makes her support for the SJJIF Olympics mission powerful and notably appreciated.
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Ashley Vasquez, Author (Twitter)