The registration is now open for the 1st Annual Inspire All Female Open Mat in the Bay Area. Founder and organizer Kristina Barlaan is bringing her creation from Arizona back to her own roots in Northern California.
The brown belt grew up outside San Francisco and also began her Jiu-Jitsu journey there but later moved to Arizona and only furthered her skills. Now she is an international competitor having won the Pan Ams and entered the Abu Dhabi WPJJC via her trial-winning ticket less than a month later. In October she will be heading to Beijing, China to compete in the prestigious ADCC for which was personally invited.
The Inspire events began in February of 2011 and have grown in size and popularity since the inception into the Jiu-Jitsu community.
“It is the goal of Inspire to continue the growth of women’s Jiu-Jitsu with not only opportunities to train, but to allow women to create camaraderie within the sport, allowing them to learn from each other’s life experiences, successes, and hardships,” Kristina says via their facebook page.
The next event will be the first of its kind and the first beyond the Arizona state lines. It will be held for all females over thirteen years of age on Saturday, September 14 at Caio Terra’s GMA Institute of Martial Arts from 1 to 4 p.m.
The address is 855 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126.
The cost is free but registration is still mandatory as no walk-ins will be welcome and space is limited to 60 participants.
The event will hold a Q&A with Kristina as well as a raffle with many prizes from sponsors. All raffle tickets are $5 and will go towards breast cancer research.
To register please click here.