Ohio Ambassadors

Tamara Leonard
Tamara Leonard as been training in the martial arts since 2010.  She currently holds the ranks of black belt in Kenpo karate, brown belt in IKI Krav Maga System, in addition to purple belt in jiu-jitsu under the Hayastan style. Tamara trains and helps to run the martial arts and fitness programs at Adventure Mixed Martial Arts in Parma, Ohio.  As a strength and conditioning coach, Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach, and Certified Wellness Coach, Tamara works to help women to lose weight and get into great shape through martial arts training.  Additionally, Tamara works as a school psychologist by day and specializes in working with individuals to manage anxiety and build positive mindsets.  Tamara has competed in various tournaments around the country as a white, blue, and purple belt; including IBJJF, NAGA, Grappler’s Quest, Copa Nova, Hayastan Grappling Challenge, American Grappling Challenge, and the Extreme Grappling Open. Tamara enjoys traveling around the country to learn more about BJJ from women who have blazed a trail for all female practitioners and loves being a part of the women’s jiu-jitsu community.  Tamara lives in Ohio and hopes to work with other martial arts women across the region to create a community in which more and more women begin to train.

Darla L. Sedlacek, Ph.D.

Darla L. Sedlacek, Ph.D., is a Psychologist, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner/coach (Purple belt), Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, Educator, and avid athlete.

Darla began martial arts training in college, earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, while completing her doctoral dissertation on effective sexual assault prevention in 2000. She taught self defense and trained in various disciplines over the years, but found Hurricane JJ in Cleveland on opening day in 2014 and found home. She avidly trains Jiu Jitsu and competes often. Today, Darla teaches kids’ classes alongside John Lawrence, owner/head instructor of Hurricane JJ, and heads a full on women’s program at Transform HQ.

Darla has always loved intense sport and teaching, it was inevitable to put them together in her work. Intense sport experience includes artistic skating for 9 years as a youth, soccer in high school and college, martial arts training, and ultrarunning. Some of her teaching experiences include coaching youth soccer with a USSFD Coach license, former faculty at Cleveland State University in the Physical Education Department and the Counseling Department, certified yoga teacher, and certified fitness trainer.

In private practice since 2003, Dr. Darla provides services to adults and adolescents, empowering them to create the lives they want. Her studio, Transform HQ, is the headquarters for psychology services and the women only Jiu Jitsu program. As a new Girls in Gis ambassador for the Ohio chapter, she looks forward to sharing the mission of getting more girls and women on the mats!