Monique “Moe” Travis
Monique “Moe” Travis has been training Brazil jiujitsu since 2008 at Knuckleup Fitness. Moe has been a personal trainer, kickboxing, and CrossFit instructor for the past 11 years. She is a wife and mother first. Her whole family trains BJJ as well. She has a 13-year-old daughter, a three-year-old little boy and is currently pregnant with their third child ( a baby girl).
She originally started training Muay Thai in 2007 to lose baby weight after having her first daughter. She became obsessed with learning and perfecting her skill set. She started winning at the amateur level and felt unstoppable. In 2008, her boss convinced her to try BJJ. After her first class, she realized she knew nothing about defending herself on the ground. Jiujitsu humbled her. Moe was competitive, for many years, in both martial arts. She went pro in Thai after having an undefeated amateur record of 13-0 and winning multiple world titles. Bjj did not come easy to her. She had to work very hard to achieve the black belt rank. She was the first female promoted to black belt at her school.
She is honored to be a Girls in G is ambassador. Moe wants to empower all the women she comes in contact with, and Girls in Gis have the same moto.
“The only advice I can give is don’t quit because you think you are not good enough. You will learn as you go. It’s amazing to watch females I train with go from scared, shy white belts to a feisty, fierce, strong woman. Bjj will expose your weaknesses very fast. By facing your fears and addresses this weakness, you become tougher and stronger mentally and physically. Girls in Gis is an amazing way to meet very like-minded women. Girls in Gis also allowed me to teach my first event as a black belt. I hope all women can get out there and attend at least one event to see what I am talking about.”