American brown belt world champion, Jena Bishop, was promoted to black belt by Master Royler Gracie on July 13 at GMA Gracie Humaita St. Louis. Gracie was in town for a seminar and surprised Bishop with the promotion after a spectacular performance at the 2013 IBJJF World Championship.
Jena Bishop finished atop the lightweight division at brown belt in June of this year defeating the likes of Angelica Galvao, Leanna Dittrich, and Kristina Barlaan, to name a few. Bishop also went on to place in the absolute, as the lightest competitor on the podium. “I am really excited for all of the new challenges that the black belt brings. This is my life, and I am just thankful to be doing what I love,” said Bishop.
Jena Bishop trains in St. Peters, MO at Gracie Humaita St. Louis under Professor JW Wright. Bishop is currently preparing for competition at black belt, and plans to compete more than ever before this year. “As an America female living in the Midwest it can be difficult to find opportunities to compete, but I am looking forward to traveling more and challenging myself more than ever this year.” Jena Bishop is currently awaiting an invite to ADCC in October, and is preparing for the upcoming Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship Trials.