Leticia Ribeiro, in my mind is truely the first lady of Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.

There are the Kyra Gracie’s, Penny Thomas’ and Michelle Nicolini’s of the world; all three are equally beautiful and even more deadly than your average person. However, the one woman that paved the way for these amazing female competitors is Leticia Ribeiro.

Leticia, is a third degree BB under Marcelo Machado (a student of Royler Gracie and the Gracie Humaita school). This woman has won almost every major female title since 1996! WHAT AN AMAZING FEAT!

She is truly the matriarch of the female BJJ scene; so it is appropriate for her to kick off the “Female Champions” day here at Submission Control.