Maria Rios might be new to Gracie Barra in Encino but not to BJJ, Kickboxing, MMA or even Gracie Barra for that matter. Maria started both training and teaching kids BJJ at Gracie Barra in New Mexico, which also happens to be Professor Alberto Crane's first Gracie Barra school. Maria is very experienced with teaching kids having taught both kids' BJJ, as well as kids' self defense. Maria has taught at Gracie Barra Santa Fe;The Academy in Portland, Maine; as well as Systems Training Center in South Bay. In addition, Maria has also taught women's BJJ, as well as Women's Self Defense.
Maria won No Gi Worlds as a blue belt back in 2009. She has been very active in competition, having competed in NAGA, Grapplers Quest, South West Grapple Fest, New England Grappling Expo Tournament and has always either won gold or placed top 3 - that's a pretty amazing record!
Maria went 3-1 as an amateur in MMA and has now turned pro. Maria made her pro MMA debut a few months ago and is scheduled to fight again on the 10th of October! The fight will be held at the Commerce Casino, so make sure you go out and support her! Tickets will be available at Gracie Barra Encino.
When she isn't training MMA, wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, BJJ or dieting for a fight (which leaves very little time!), Maria enjoys doing CrossFit and taking care of her 2 dogs.