Virginia Events

Girls in Gis Virginia-Sterling Event

Hello Virginia, get ready to roll!

July 30, 2022
12 PM – 3 PM

Doors open at 11:30 AM. Please arrive early so you have enough time to change and be ready when the event begins at 12:00 PM.

Double Phoenix Jiu Jitsu
45714 Oakbrook Ct
Unit 160
Sterling, VA 20166

Guest Instructors: Tamara Dominic & Kristi Lough

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

Tamara Dominic never would have predicted falling in love with the sport of BJJ. She grew up doing ballet and saw herself as strong, yes, but also incredibly delicate. It wasn’t until college that she started spectating MMA and BJJ. She didn’t see many women competing, and frankly, the ones that did looked crazy. It didn’t occur to her that it was something she was capable of. After an injury stopped her from running long distances, which was her habit, stress relief, and only form of exercise all throughout college and grad school, She was looking for a new outlet. She tried hot yoga, Pilates, everything she could think of – but nothing lit that spark in her, until I tried Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

BJJ has changed her life- what she thought she was capable of, her strength, resilience, willingness to accept difficult tasks and hard times. These skills translate themselves into every aspect of her life and teaching this incredible martial art has been a tremendous gift. Having received her black belt from Professor Lucas Lepri has been the greatest honor of her life, and one that she work every day to feel deserving of.

Kristi Lough’s jiu jitsu journey started over a decade ago and has so much to reflect on. Like many girls, Kristi’s journey began with little interest in jiu jitsu with a bunch of guys and some interest in learning self-defense. At the time, there were no girls at the academy where jher boyfriend (now husband) trained. Luckily, She was able to ask him to show her some moves and felt comfortable doing a few classes, with him beginning to teach the classes. Eventually, she decided to do tournament and now enjoy pushing her competitive side at every level.

Though it has not been an easy journey, Kristi is blessed to say she is a jiu jitsu wife, mom, coach and athlete. Achieving her black belt in jiu jitsu is definitely one of her best accomplishments. It is the health and happiness that it has given her that has been most rewarding throughout her journey and lifestyle! Currently, she owns an academy were she is proud to help and advocate for other girls! She tries to continue to lead by example, to be there for the girls at training.