Jennifer Moree has trained BJJ since 2016. She was introduced to BJJ and several other martial arts through longtime friend-become-husband Josh Moree, who owns and teaches at Evolution X Martial Arts & Fitness in Atlanta. Their dojo is a second home to Jen, her husband, and three children. The family trains a variety of styles of martial arts together including BJJ, Ryukyu Kempo, Kyokushin, Small Circle Jujitsu, and Modern Arnis. Jen is also an avid fan of kickboxing for fitness and weight training for strength and health. She also teaches kids martial arts and supports women locally by holding free monthly women-only BJJ open mats to encourage more women to train.
Though she recognizes BJJ is challenging, she loves the resilience she has built through persistence and regular training. She realizes it’s rewarding to overcome the physical and mental challenges in BJJ. It provides exceptional growth and strength as a person, something that makes its way into many other aspects of life.
More than anything, Jen loves the community and what martial arts can do for people from all walks of life, and is particularly passionate about women’s involvement in martial arts. Being that women are usually a minority in the arts, she feels it is important to find ways to connect, uplift, empower, and support each other in every way possible. That made the connection with Girls in Gis a perfect match for Jen! Girls in Gis helps her share the benefits of BJJ with others as well as strengthen the bond with her local community of women. Jen would love to be the person that helps remind women of how strong we are and how capable we are of conquering the challenges that life throws our way.
Gretchen started jiu jitsu in September of 2020 when one of her good friends and gi professor at Compound Fitness asked her for the 100th time to try his class. She finally did and was instantly hooked. She saw how it impacted her confidence and level of fitness and fell in love with the community. She also started to no gi in April of 2021. She looks forward to bringing more people, especially women to the sport.