Josei Heishi Ambassadors
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Josei Heishi Black Belt Ambassadors
Professor Karen Miller Peterson
Karen started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2004 , looking for a new way to exercise that could be useful for self defense too. BJJ was exactly that and she was hooked. She competed for the first time in 2005 and despite losing that first competition, she loved the unique journey of preparing for it and went on to compete more, winning multiple international titles.
In 2007, she started a Women Only BJJ and self-defense program. Additionally, she taught coed and mixed level classes for her instructor. She still gets so excited to watch students change through BJJ through weight loss, improved skill, belt promotions, competitions, or in the confidence they gain from doing Jiu Jitsu. In 2010 she moved to New York City to train with Josh Griffiths at Clockwork Jiu Jitsu, receiving her black belt a year later. In addition to teaching classes, Karen also offers private teaching for those students who enjoy one-on-one lessons.
Professor Abby Malone
Abby Malone is a 32-year-old professional coach and competitor, who has trained full time for 25 years. She is the 2 X Masters World Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, A World, European, and National Champion in Taekwondo, and a Junior Olympian. She’s been featured in numerous publications including a full-page feature in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. She has competed worldwide in locations around the globe such as Canada, Scotland, Italy, and Portugal.
As a coach, she specializes in youth coaching and the psychology of youth sports. She has an BA in Spanish from the University of Central Arkansas with a minor in nutrition, and also studied counseling there in graduate school. She is a professional strength and conditioning coach. She is married to Revolution Academy head coach Jory Malone, and is the first and only Black Belt under the World Champion. When not coaching the athletes at Revolution MMA Benton, Abby spends her time doing photography professionally.
Professor Sophia McDermott
Sophia was the first Australian female to receive a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is a 4x State, National, Pan Pacific and Pan American Champion, as well as a 2x No Gi World Champion and World Champion.
Professor Karen Antunes
Professor Karen Antunes is considered one of the best female grapplers in the world today. She is a 4x IBJJF World Champion and 2016 Master World Champion.
In 2015 she was invited to compete in the first ever, FIVE Grappling Super League Pro Invitational. The FIVE SL event featured 8 of the best female BJJ competitors in the world and Karen won 2nd place after pulling off two incredible upsets in the tournament.
Karen and her husband, Black Belt Mayko Araujo own and operate Prodigy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Rigby, Idaho.