Girls in Gis Texas-Lakeway Event
Let’s get ready to roll!
December 11, 2022
12 PM – 3 PM
Gracie Barra Lakeway
2303 Ranch Road 620 S
Lakeway, TX 78734
Guest Instructors: Anne Koellner & Christy Pierce
This event is open to women and girls of all ages and skill levels. No experience is needed. All participants must register online.
Anne Koellner is a brown belt and instructor at Gracie Barra Lakeway. She has trained Jiu Jitsu since Jan 2013 when she started as a New Years resolution and challenge from her personal trainer. Anne began her Jiu Jitsu journey at GB South Austin and received her blue, purple, and brown belts from Professor Alexandre “Dande” Santos. She made the move to GB Lakeway in 2020 and trains under Professor Ricardo Castenada.
Anne is a mother of four older children and is an active volunteer through Austin Pets Alive. She has benefited from Jiu Jitsu being a constant in her life for almost 10 years. She is passionate about Jiu Jitsu and the numerous ways it empowers those who step on the mats. As a coach, she loves watching people progress with the sport, and can not imagine her life without it.
Professor Christy Pierce began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 10 years ago with Gracie Barra. Prior to that her and her husband trained MMA for five years at a gym they owned, RuFFhouse MMA, in west Texas She is currently the head instructor and co-owner (with her husband) of Gracie Barra Bastrop. She received her bluebelt under Professor Gabriel Martins. She received her purple belt, brown belt, and is first female blackbelt from GB South Austin under Professor Alexandre Santos “Dande”.
She says when first introduced to BJJ she absolutely did not want to try it. She didn’t want to roll around on the ground with strangers. It took her several try’s to be ok with being not good at something. It wasn’t until after she started thinking about BJJ as a self defense against an attacker that she really started to fall in love with the art. Her passion is teaching others BJJ but especially women.
“Everyone should train Jiu Jitsu, but I’m a strong believer that Jiu Jitsu is the top art for women to train as a self defense.”