Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Kickboxing
Donna is our newest addition to the Open Guard BJJ Team. She teaches Kids Kickboxing, Youth Kickboxing and Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, and she assists with everything else that we do.
If you ask Donna what’s her favorite thing to do, she'll tell you without hesitation — training and teaching martial arts.
Though she didn't get involved in the martial arts community until later in life, she quickly became immersed in it as a student, training in kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She then became an assistant instructor, and then a kids/youth instructor. She is also an experienced amateur kickboxer and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Billy Dowey at RGJJA Raleigh. Her passion for martial arts is evident when you talk with her, and when you see her teaching.
For Donna, teaching kids and teens how to defend themselves and build their confidence has been her most rewarding experience. Outside of the gym, Donna is a full-time Social Media Manager, rescue mom to three dogs, CrossFit athlete, tattoo connoisseur, and can beat you at Name That Tune (she has game show experience to prove it, too!). She’s also a former roller derby athlete for the Carolina Rollergirls.