Training for me now is about growing, learning and sharing that with others, especially other women who might not feel they are welcome in such a traditionally masculine space. Without a doubt, my favorite part of BJJ is teaching. I learn so much from it and I’ve always been a big nerd. Irregardless of your abilities, body type, age, or athletic experience, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone!.
Shawn Tamaribuchi currently holds the rank of black belt under World Champion Lana Stefanac. She has trained in Krav Maga as well as Muay Thai, and fought professional MMA where she had the opportunity to fight in the US, Japan and New Zealand. After her MMA career, she found a deep love and appreciation for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and started to devote the majority of her free time to training and teaching.
Despite having traveled and trained around the world, Shawn loves to call the Bay Area home. She has been teaching group classes for over ten years, working with local youth organizations on self defense and empowerment programs, as well as hosting women’s only open mats and workshop series.. Some of Shawn’s accomplishments include: Pro MMA fighter having fought for Fatal Femmes Fighting in LA, Smackgirl Japan, Princesses of Pain New Zealand, and FCC Oklahoma. But her greatest love for teaching stems from sharing what she has learned and hoping to pass on the love she holds for it.