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Athleta womens self defense workshop, Saturday July 20

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I am super excited to be doing another women’s self defense workshop with Athleta. The event will be held closer to Athleta’s Henderson location at Dragon’s gym in LV. I will be focusing on techniques standing up and both on the ground to defend against an attacker. My speciality is ground work - what happens when you are already flat on your back. It is probably the most import because it is the hardest to get away from, yet it is the most overlooked. For all the ladies who missed my 1st workshops with Athleta in May, Come along to this one this Saturday July 20. Bring your sisters, mothers, friends and co workers. Let’s spread the word and collectively empower ourselves as women!

Its free, but register to save your spot!

UFC gym Greenville, SC is having me out for co ed seminar!!!!

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I am heading back to the East cost to teach a co ed seminar at the UFC GYM in Greenville, SC on Saturday July 13. I had so much fun teaching there last year. Such a fantastic gym with such good people. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and some new faces. I look forward to teaching some new techniques also.

You can book your spot with: greenvillegmgym@ufc.com

Athleta women's self defense workshop at Redemption

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Last weekend I taught a women’s self defense workshop with Athleta at Redemption in Summerlin LV. I was so happy to see so many amazing ladies come to learn to further empower themselves. I taught a few techniques starting up and on the ground. I also covered a few basic physiologic aspects such as awareness and standing your ground.

Thank you Athleta for putting on this event and thank you for the gear! I love their clothing, but more importantly, I love what Athleta stands for. They strive to empower women and girls through fitness.

I love my Athleta marble set!

I love my Athleta marble set!

For those who missed it I am hosting my FightingFIT 6 week self defense/fitness course which starts on Monday June 17!. The course is more extensive and includes a SophiaFIT full body workout to get you fit and strong, toned and lean.

Click here for more info:

Women's Self defense with Athleta!

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I’ll be teaching a women’s self defense workshops hosted by the amazing clothing brand, Athleta. I will be teaching really valuable techniques, both standing up and on the ground. My workshops are fun and i strive to create a safe environment for all ladies to learn.

This Saturday at Redemption in Summerin. Its free, but you must register.

The core, where your strength lies - Jiu Jitsu World Mag

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My article recently published in in Jiu Jitsu World Mag talks all about where our strengths lies - the core and why it is so important for function movement. As a performance athlete, this is crucial. Your core is responsible for stabilization and balance and also provides the grounding for you to be able to push and pull. The core is often overlooked and most ab exercises are focused toward the rectus abdominals to get that six pack for the beach. Here I focus on ALL aspects of the core and in particular the tranverse abs to help you to become a better athlete.

There are so many aspects to the core and so many different ways to work these muscles

There are so many aspects to the core and so many different ways to work these muscles

Working with a Swiss balls helps to build stability through the core

Working with a Swiss balls helps to build stability through the core

Women's self defense class with Athleta!!!

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For those in Las Vegas, come along to Athleta’s next event where I will be teaching a women’s self defense class in Summerlin on Saturday June 8. In this class you will learn some great skills to protect and empower yourself, and have fun too. Taught by a women, I focus on creating a safe environment where all women participating can learn together, share and connect.

The event is free. All you need to do is register here:

Getting Z with Jen Z at the next Lifestyle Camp in April

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I want to give a huge shout out Jennifer Zanotti who will be at the SophiaFIT Lifestyle Camp, 2019 camp to offer her beauty services to all the camp ladies.  She has been an Esthetician and Make-up artist since 2001, and owns her own business “Jen Z’s Beauty & Wellness Services”, since 2007. Jen is also a kick ass BJJ purple belt.

The beauty services she will be offering at the camp are:

  • facials

  • relaxing head, neck and shoulder massages (stress therapy)

  • and other skin treatment and beauty services.  

The lovely Jennifer Zanotti

The lovely Jennifer Zanotti


Reach out to Jennifer Zanotti to book a spot with her at the camp. You can check out all her beauty & wellness services www.jenzanotti.com.

Jen is also super passionate about showcasing empowered women and sharing her knoweldge on BJJ, health nutrition and self care.  Listen to her podcast "Getting Zen with Jen Z" at wgnradio.com, itunes or Google Play!




5 Fundamentals of strength training - Jiu Jitsu World Mag

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Check out my article just published in Jiu Jitsu World Mag that explains the 5 basic fundamentals for strength training for all those who are starting out in the gym who want to supplement their training to be fitter and stronger for BJJ.  The focus is to maintain a balanced body and to focus on movement patterns that are best suited for performance athletes. Don’t get confused in the gym by all the equipment and fancy exercises that you see on IG. Keep it simple, yet effective an follow this as as a guideline.