Josei Heishi Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are the girls and women who purchase gear from us and represent us around the world. The Josei Heishi Ambassador team also receives special recognition through our social media accounts, and plays a very important role in helping to spread the word about our brand and mission! To become an ambassador, simply share a photo of you and your Josei Heishi gear, and tag us! Our ambassadors receive occasional promotions and exclusives, so help spread our mission today!

Josei Heishi Ambassador Hashtags:

#joseiheishijiujutsu

#femalesoldiersofjiujitsu

#femalesoldiersofjiujitsuteam

Josei Heishi Black Belt Ambassadors

Josei Heishi BJJ Black Belt Ambassadors Karen Miller Peterson

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.

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Josei Heishi BJJ Black Belt Ambassadors Abby Malone

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.

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Josei Heishi BJJ Black Belt Ambassadors Sophia Drysdale

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.

For more about Professor Sophia McDermott, visit her website and signup for her newsletter.

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Josei Heishi BJJ Black Belt Ambassadors Karen Antunes

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.

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Meet our Ambassadors

Alyssa Gandy
OK

Amanda Smith
PA

Vickie Thomson
NC

Emma Kelly
NJ

Marlie Brunje
AL

Eula Filio
CA

Jagaira Soto
PA

Kahyla Tubbs
PA

Bianca Campagna
PA

Christine Miller
HI

Sarah Wilson
Canada

Courtney Cantiberos
HI

Erin McNemer
NJ

Odette
CA

Marivella McDonough
CA

Star Moreno
AZ

Lindsie Wilson
GA

Desiree Marszalkowski
WI

Jessica Arroyo
CA

Billy Stricklin
IL

Sonia Sillan
WA

Maeghan Reid
NY

Amanda Panda Ayers
IN

Teresa Torres
CA

Aniyah Soto
PA

Pari Aryafar
NY

Rebecca Evans
DE

Chloe Cossette
AZ

Mia Matteo
PA

Marie Wilson
UK

D’Arcy Bishop
WA

Brooke Bishop
WA

Anna Gorgiyev
Canada

Estella Freeman (InsideBJJStella)
CA

Arianna Hernandez
IL

Olivia Sawi
CA

Gina Zika
CA

Evie Enderle
MN

Dawn Epright
PA

Melanie Messenger
OR

Bridgid White
South Africa

Agnes Estes
“Tapped By A Girl”
Switzerland

Lindsey Boston
NV

Alex Koreck
PA

Melanie Prokop
CT

Ariel Relaford
CT

Abi Pacinelli
PA

Jocelyn Little
Canada

Angelina Dehlinger
NV

Bryanna Dehlinger
NV

Kara Cannon
Canada

Ness Retes
CA

Rich Simons
KY

Emily Martins
NJ

Nicole Beach

“My Bruises are from”
OH

Tara Lucian
WI

Brenda Soto
AZ

Natalie Whitson
OR

Josh Hernandez
FL

Septien Johnson
KY

Christine Regan
NY

Pamela Chapman
CO

Liz Watkins
IN

Carlos Archila
IL

Ian Thomas
IL

Michele Hunt
DE

Jamainia Larnett
LA

Sherah Brickell
IL

Kari Schroeder
AZ

Suzanne Lajaunie
LA

Jodi Schwartz
FL

Cheryl Bennett
New Zealand

Micaela Augoustides
New Zealand

Clarissa Celestino
CA

Torrie O’Neil
FL

Betty Barbagallo
NJ

Megan Patrowicz
NC

Bob Poole
PA

Karra Lefler
CA

Samantha Gould
MA

Stephanie Cavalieri
MA

Jade Leonard
PA

Meghan Evans
PA

Corey Kuus
NJ

Chris Bishal
CA

Tara Lacks
GA

Kat Müller
PA

Grisel Fernandini
FL

Elizabeth Cabrera
NY

Randi Woods
FL

Joan Zulawski
NJ

Lacey Nelson
IN

Chelsea Cullen
NJ

Lori Everett
TX

Samantha Herrera
TX

Emma Osborn
IN

Matt Venti
PA

Aaliyah Gregorio
Canada

Amber Slack
TX

Jaci Stricklin
IL

Will Stricklin
IL

Julia Gumpert
NC

Nicole Pavicich
CO

Missy Duer
NH

Gina Tallarico
PA

Natálie Bryjová
NJ

Jackalyn Brannan
PA

Jeany Young
PA

Ethan Boston
NV

Annie Iturrino
FL

Sonia Lastreto
CA

Steve Mathis
NJ

Kait Clark
MA

“Crazy” Julius Straklevski
Canada

Peter Straklevski
Canada

Sue Straklevski
Canada

Mandy Wells
TN

Marisa Tomsky
NJ

Melissa Feinberg
NJ

Juliet Galang
NJ

Crystal Puchalla
FL

Kaeden “ShoNuff” Foxx
FL

Jenn Hooker
CA

Kaylee Adams
CT

Mazie Campbell
DE

Theresa D’Andrea
NY

Zyrine Calucer
OK

Silena Guthrie
TX

Ava Atkinson
NV

Ilse Lipke

WI

Misty Verschoor
TX

Erin Valentin
NY

Miranda Yost
MD

Danielle Rinker
NY

Tonya Swanson
NV

Cameron Boston
NV

Jenny Capozzoli
FL

Darlene Rogers
TX

Cheyenne Hoehns
TX