Today was the first Gracie Girls Firearms Training that we organized on behalf of @womenempoweredgjj! 70 women showed up ready to face fears, overcome anxiety, and get a little more comfortable with the uncomfortable. In WE we teach students how to neutralize the threat of a weapon and, if possible, gain control of it. If, however, she doesn’t know how to safely use or control that weapon, it can become a further liability in a self-defense situation. I am grateful for the community of women who came together to support each other through this today, as well as the men who offered their expertise and encouragement. For many participants, it was their first time pulling the trigger on a firearm. We couldn’t be more proud of them for exploring this unknown experience with courage and determination! #womenempowered @vicgracie @renergracie @evandroskilla @highcaliber_oc @laxfiringrange
It’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month. I have posted about the beautiful moments of connection this has brought me with my child, but it wouldn’t be fair to the word “awareness” if I not discuss the challenges and struggles along with it. I thought my second child would be an easier experience, but it was equally, if not more painful than my first child. There were tears, more tears, and did I mention tears when trying to get him to latch in the first month or so, and I decided to hire a lactation consultant who helped immensely. There was resentment toward my husband for his perfectly intact nipples, there were moments of feeling like a failure because it’s “supposed to come naturally,” and there was even irrational anger toward my child for not latching easier. There is also the lack of “freedom” when you have made this choice, knowing you have to schedule your life around nursing or pumping. Despite all of this, I am still so grateful for having a body to produce breastmilk for my child, as I know many cannot. Along with the fact that breastmilk has so many significant health properties, it also has brought beautiful moments that I will cherish far beyond my nursing days. All that to say, new mamas and mamas-to-be, hang in there - it isn’t always easy, but on the other side of those struggles are some beautiful moments, and a nearly miraculous offering you can create for your child with your very own body! This is a flashback to filming #WomenEmpowered and getting made up by the talented @penelopevazquez! #breastfeeding
Hey did I mention it’s #Leo season? Leos where you at? 🙋🏻♀️
Cherishing every moment I get with this sweet, fun 3 year old! #RaevenGracie
Gettin through this week like.... Also, did you know that TOMORROW IS AUGUST??!! @roxylook
Just us in our fanciest no-gi all-white attire. We had such a great weekend with family and this amazing date night celebrating love! (+ a tear-jerking Stevie Wonder performance 😭) @renergracie
Proud to know this amazing human! We had sooo much fun celebrating @terrycrews and @therealrebeccakingcrews 30th wedding anniversary. They are goals in every department - marriage, family, service, giving back to their community, and living out their passion. Thank you for letting us celebrate with you! ❤️
Yesterday was a special day. I got to visit with people I admire and adore (like @natbynature), stand on stage with LEGENDS who have paved roads and impacted millions of lives, and last but not least, have Shane McMahon guide me while I picked food out of my teeth for a good 45 seconds. 🙋🏻♀️ It is nice to get to stop and and just sit alongside some of the most talented humans on the planet while I think about how my time in @wwe changed my life. I am proud of and grateful for my experiences there, and while I feel moved and energized by everything that happens in those arenas and backstage, I also feel grateful to go home to my two boys and my husband today, and appreciate that I am in a different place in my life today. 🙏🏼
With your kids: WOW I need a break. Away from your kids and husband for half a day: 😩😭 Miss you @renergracie
How I feel going to Raw on Monday. 🤣🤣 See you there! 🎉 @wwe #rawreunion #mondaynightraw
The Women Empowered Instructor Certification Program was special beyond words. Having the opportunity to connect with men and women who have been impacted by the @womenempoweredgjj program, and who wish to further their impact by sharing it with the world was powerfully moving to say the least. I have so much gratitude for their efforts, their dedication, and their belief that this program should be accessible to all those who need it. I look forward to hearing about their successes as well as their moments of learning as they bring this program back to their certified training centers. Congratulations to all who were certified! To find out more about becoming an instructor, link in bio. #womenempowered
It’s difficult to be what you cannot see. More 👏🏼female 👏🏼 jiu-jitsu 👏🏼 instructors👏🏼!! @womenempoweredgjj #womenempowered #graciejiujitsu
I still get chills thinking about this weekend’s @womenempoweredgjj seminar! With close to 250 women experiencing jiu-jitsu for the first time, the energy in the room was electric, and the smiles were contagious. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to share my love for this art and for the women who have opened their hearts to the idea that they have untapped power within them. I look forward to unfolding that power together with many of them as they continue their jiu-jitsu journey with us! Thank you to the @gracieuniversityhq team for their great efforts, all the assistant instructors who ensured a positive experience for our participants, and, of course, to @renergracie for being the visionary you are (and letting me beat you up while 250 women cheer me on). 💗 #womenempowered #graciejiujitsu #jiujitsu #jiujitsugirls #girlsingis
@gracieuniversityhq is hosting our first women’s firearms training event at @laxfiringrange! Whether you own a gun or not, learning how to safely handle a weapon can be the difference between life and death. We are excited to offer this training course in partnership with professional certified instructors at LAX Firing Range! Take a look at the details below for information on how to register! When: August 11, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am Followed by an optional brunch! (Location TBD) Where: LAX Firing Range 927 W. Manchester Blvd. Inglewood CA, 90301 Course Fee: $100 per person The class includes: - 1 hour private lesson by professional certified instructors - 1 hour of range time with instructor support - Firearm rental - Safety equipment rental - 50 rounds of ammunition - Targets Link in bio to reserve your spot! Or email email@example.com We don’t always get to choose when a firearm enters a situation. When it does, our survival relies on our ability to not only acquire or retain the weapon if the circumstances allow, but also on our ability to use it safely. We hope to see you there! #womenempowered #selfdefense #firearmstraining #firearms
Happy Independence Day! Cue: The most Merican photo I’ve ever taken 🇺🇸 🎇 #TBT
Happy 4th of July from our family to yours! Grateful as ever for this wonderful country we live in.
It’s not about what they see in you, it’s about what you see in you. Thanks for this reminder, Spider-Man. #RaevenGracie @senderone
Wedding vibes. No kids for 36 hrs vibes.
Let’s talk about Mom Guilt. People have said to me, “I don’t know how you do it all?” - and when they say that, I feel guilt. I remind them that I have A LOT of support. I have a nanny, I have a mother-in-law who lives next door, I have a supportive husband who lets me sleep many mornings, I have a team of incredible people backing my efforts at @gracieuniversityhq, and I have the luxury of doing what I am absolutely passionate about for a living. And even with that support, I will often feel like I am dropping a ball. The wife ball, the mom ball, the jiu-jitsu ball, the leader ball, the friend ball, the health ball.... etc. I took this photo of my son who was wanting to be picked up. I recently injured my neck - a friendly reminder to prioritize taking care of my body - And I physically couldn’t pick him up without extreme pain. I felt guilt about getting my body to the point where it affected my ability to care for my child. The bottom line is, you can’t do it all. No one can. When I start to feel guilt I: - Remind myself it’s impossible to “do it all,” or to be 2 places at once - Acknowledge the directional pull I feel, and either honor it and move towards that direction OR - Remind myself that, all things considered, I’m exactly where I want or need to be at that moment. - Wherever I’m at, whatever I’m doing, I try to stay focused and present in that moment. This serves me whether I’m working, with my family, or working on me. It also helps me feel good about my choices, because I get the most out of each decision I make in a day when I’m not distracted by things “I could be doing.” Mamas feeling guilt - I feel you, and I think we can always help remind each other that we are doing the best we can! ❤️ #momguilt #womenempowered #worklifebalance
The sooner you learn that, the sooner you can just head nod and continue on being you.
⚠️ WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT (Swipe to watch) This video is very hard to watch, but it highlights a the VERY real challenges facing nurses all over the world. Nurses encounter everyone who needs medical attention, both the good and the bad. If a patient is intoxicated and/or angry (as seen here), they may attack a nurse, and as far as we know, nurses receive no formal training to deal with physical violence. Nurses deserve to feel safe when they’re caring for us. _ WE WANT TO SPONSOR both of these nurses to come to California (all expenses paid) for one week of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training at @gracieuniversityhq dedicated specifically to the threats they’re most likely to encounter in the workplace. We have no contact information, so ANYTHING helps at this point. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. _ For all other registered nurses, we want to offer one month of FREE self-defense training to all registered nurses on the planet. The training can be redeemed at any participating Certified Training Center and in cases where there is no CTC, email us a GracieUniversity.com and we’ll grant a free one month subscription to our online self defense programs. _ All women (not just nurses) are invited to our free 2.5-hour Women’s Self-Defense seminar on July 13, 2019 in Torrance and at select CTCs around the world. Link in bio to save your spot. @womenempoweredgjj @renergracie #bjj #selfdefense #nurse #registerednurse #graciejiujitsu #womenempowered
Happy Sunday from the only one of my kids who still lets me take pictures of him. #RensonGracie ❤️
It’s funny how as soon as you have a child, everyone asks if you want to have any more. 😰 At this moment, I feel complete. However, I imagine that three years from now I will look at this photo and eggs will start shooting out my ovaries. One thing is for sure, I have so much love a gratitude for these boys, and I am cherishing every moment I get with them. ❤️ 📸 by @angelakimphoto
I am so grateful for this tribe of women who all build each other up, sharpen each others’ swords, and support each other on and off the mat. Gracie Jiu-jitsu is for women. @womenempoweredgjj @gracieuniversityhq #womenempowered
Had an amazing visit from my good friend and former WWE road buddy @realmilenaroucka at @gracieuniversityhq today! She put the gi on and choked a few necks! I’m so proud of her and her business @totallyfitmama, making it easier for busy moms to live a healthy life. She had a dream of creating a healthy lifestyle brand, and she did it! 👊🏼
No one is you and that is your power. - Dave Grohl
Happy Father’s Day to all the strong male role models out there! You are such an important part of making this world a better place. Happy Father’s Day to my dad - I love getting to watch you be Renson’s & Raeven’s Papu - they have sooooo much fun with you, and we are so lucky to have you in our life! ❤️ @waltrrjuant
When it comes to being a daddy, it is no different from any other endeavor in your life. You strive to be the best at it (and then somehow become the best - at everything!) I remind our sons all the time how lucky we are to have you. And even though you rile the kids up too close to bedtime, leave bags of dog poo in the garage, and can never find that thing that is EXACTLY where I told you it was, I wouldn’t choose anyone on Earth to be their daddy and role model but you! 😘 Seriously though, you get mad dad points this year for getting Raeven to say goodbye to his chupeta while I was out of town! 🙇🏻♀️ You somehow can do it all and we love and appreciate you for it. Love love love you @renergracie! Happy Father’s Day!
We all have an inner lioness. Mine just sometimes becomes an outer lioness. @outerknown_womens
I love being your mama/Mama T-Rex! For a new, important video on how to keep you and your children safe when out in public, check out @womenempoweredgjj. #RaevenGracie
My sweet sweet boy is growing so fast! He likes to crawl, spit out his food and laugh at us, stand up on whatever he can get his hands on, and most of all, do whatever big brother is doing! ❤️ #RensonGracie 📸 @angelakimphoto
Such a fun day teaching @womenempoweredgjj and working with @thechargergirls! Such an awesome, powerful group of women. Thank you @kristinhollowaty for the invite, and for the team for bringing such great energy today! I remember as a @clippersspirit dancer and when I worked for the WWE thinking that being groped or grabbed by fans (or celebrity guests) was just a part of the job. I now realize it is not, and that there are tools to keep yourself safe while still feeling accessible to and connecting with fans. #womenempowered
Aaaand that’s a wrap!! We wrapped up the filming of the online @womenempoweredgjj ICP Content! Set to be released in the fall of this year. Over 30 videos of information just on HOW TO TEACH women’s self-defense. We can’t wait to release it to the world! @renergracie @gracieuniversityhq #womenempowered #weicp #pinkbelts #gracieuniversity #selfdefense #empowerment #womensselfdefense #jiujitsu #graciejiujitsu #bjj #empowered
It’s important to find what makes us FEEL good, and do it. One of those things for me is finding products that I can both love, and trust that they leave a minimal footprint on our planet. @outerknown_womens garments are made from 100% recycled, regenerated and organic fibers. Thank you @outerknown for making me feel so good in your clothes!
This donut is packed with 19g of protein, flavor for days, low sugar/carbs, and zero guilt. Yes, please! Thanks @theproteindonut for brightening up my day. 🎉 If you’re in the LA area hit her up - you won’t be disappointed! (I tried to get a shot of the whole thing but bites of it kept going missing).
You are not alone. There are people who love you and who can help you. In light of tragically losing one of our squared circle sisters, I want to remind everyone to reach out to your friends and loved ones, if you are the one feeling alone, but especially if you are the one with support to give. If you are feeling like you are in a dark place that you can’t come out of, please call this number. There are people who can help. If you haven’t yet, please visit the GoFundMe page setup for @ashleymassaro’s daughter. While no amount of money can replace her loss, we can show support and remind her that she, too, is loved and cared about. Link in bio.