Texas Events

Girls in Gis Texas-Pharr Event

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Mar 26, 2023
11 AM – 2 PM

Checkmat South Texas
1000 E. Center Ave
Suite B
Pharr, TX 77586

Guest Instructors: Kay Torres & Jasmin Medrano

Instructor Bios

Fueled by her competitive nature, Kay Torres sought out a new challenge in the form of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She has been training for the past 14 years and is the most recent black belt produced by Checkmat South Texas. Kay possesses a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is a school teacher with 12 years experience. Kay utilizes her experience as a teacher to adapt to different learning styles while instilling in her students values such as discipline, respect, and good sportsmanship. Kay leads our Women’s Self-Defense course and encourages women of all ages to train Jiu-Jitsu. She is the proud mother of 3 and has been training them since childhood. Alongside her husband, they proudly advocate for people with developmental disabilities and work closely with Texas Partners in Policymaking.

In God Jasmin Medrano found herself, and with the fire that burned in her heart led her to fulfilling her inner desires. Seeking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu allowed her to complete herself. Jasmin Julia, Brown belt under Checkmat, has trained for 6 and a half years and there is no stopping her from ever getting out.

Jasmin obtains a degree in Business Management, is Office Manager at a Fire Protection Co., and has a Fire Extinguisher License. Having a fire in her heart always draws her to be the best she can possibly be wherever she goes. She loves to lead, and show others anything is possible no matter where you come from.

Jasmin leads wherever she goes, being Office Manager in her office and gaining licenses most don’t have, being a brown belt coaching kids class and fellow team mates, being a part of the Leadership group at her church, and most importantly leading her family back to God.

Girls in Gis Texas-Cedar Park Event

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April 23, 2023
12 PM – 3 PM

Gracie Humaita Cedar Park
754 Bagdad Rd
Bldg. D
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Guest Instructors: Chloe McNally & Katie Hooven

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:

Chloé McNally is a Black Belt under Murilo Santana of Unity Jiu Jitsu. She is a No Gi World Champion, Pan American, Brazilian National and European Champion. Her proudest accomplishment is teaching a wide range of students and helping them discover their own and unique games. Chloé currently trains in Austin, TX at New Wave Jiu Jitsu.

Katie Hooven is a brown belt under Garry Tonon and trains at New Wave Jiu Jitsu in Austin, Texas, under John Danaher. She has been training Jiu Jitsu for over ten years. Originally from Pennsylvania, she started training under Garry Tonon when she finished grad school in 2017 and would attend Danaher’s classes regularly in NYC. During the time her team was in Puerto Rico, she made regular trips to the island to train with them, and she moved with them to Austin in 2021.

She is one of the forces behind Grappling Getaways, an organization that runs women’s jiu jitsu camps. Aside from training, she competes regularly and is also an empowerment coach striving to impact and inspire people.

Girls in Gis Texas-Irving Event

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April 30, 2023
1 PM – 4 PM

MA BJJ Academy
2108 Hurd Drive, Suite 200
Irving, Texas 75038

Guest Instructors: Victória Maciel Antelante & Monique Maggessi

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

Victoria Maciel Antelante is a Black belt under Marcus Antelante, team Ares BJJ. She is a mother of two little boys, a wife, an academy owner and athlete. Before taking a almost 3 year break to have two adorable little boys, she won no gi worlds and got second in the open class, medaled at adult worlds and a couple of Pan American championships. After having the boys, her routine was wild, so she was not able to focus 100% on training like she used to. She has since started competing in the masters division, where she won master world and double gold at pans as a brown belt and won master worlds and won double gold and no gi pans as a black belt.

Monique Maggessi is a Brazilian born black belt from Rio de Janeiro. She graduated in sports journalism and worked in the field for 9 years, but then decided to live only on jiu jitsu. In 2019, Her and her husband Rodrigo Lopes moved to Texas and today she is the co-owner of the north south academy in Richardon, TX. In 2022, she received her Black Belt from Leandro Tatu Escobar, Rodrigo Lopes and Rafael formiga. Among her main titles, she was consecrated IBJJF master world champion, IBJJF pan-American champion and two-time IBJJF nationals champion.