Louisiana Events


Girls in Gis Louisiana-New Orleans Event

Let’s get ready to roll!

Saturday
October 8, 2022
1 PM – 4 PM

Doors open at 12:30 PM. Please arrive early so you have enough time to change and be ready when the event begins at 1:00 PM.

NOLA BJJ
4521 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

Guest Instructors: Caroline Vanek & Jill Viator

This event is open to women and girls of all ages and skill levels. No experience is needed. All participants must register online.

Instructor Bios

Caroline Vanek, a New Orleans native and Louisiana’s first female black belt, began her BJJ journey in 1998. NOLA BJJ is her home, and her training partners are family. After Katrina, she and her teammates trained in someone’s garage while New Orleans slowly recovered and NOLA BJJ searched for a new home. On June 15, 2013, she earned her black belt. She has not only witnessed the evolution of the sport, she’s been an integral part of it. When she started training, she was the only female for years and toughed it out with the guys in the gym and in competition. She had no other option and eagerly embraced training. She recently started a women’s BJJ program at her gym . She is a Girls in Gis ambassador and is passionate about fostering the growth of the female BJJ community.

Jill Viator is a brown belt out of Sulphur LA. She started her Jiu Jitsu journey in December 2015. Her children had already been training for a few years, so she decided to give it a try and instantly fell in love with it. She has been training consistently ever since. She originally started training under Aaron Davis at Olympic BJJ. In 2020, she helped start her own academy at Indigo Jiu Jitsu under Damon Arebalo, where she has enjoyed competing as much as possible, helping coach the kids class and instructing the competition class.

Jiu Jitsu helped Jill discover a confidence she never had in her earlier years. She never considered herself the athletic type in any way so once she started training at 38 years old she was surprised and proud to see what her body was capable of. She is excited to be a part of this Girls in Gis event and help other women discover the same for themselves.