Welcome to 2014! Let’s Roll!

Holy Moly it’s a brand new year! Let’s kick it off by working off all the holiday champaign and cake. Grab your gloves, gis and buddies and get back to doing what we love most. First and foremost, I put together some of the photos I have taken over the last 4 years that really encapsulate what this project has been all about for me in the 2014 CALENDAR: FEMALE FIGHTER PROJECT:

“Dedicated to the friendships & family we form on the mat sealed in sweat and blood.”

(Note: this is through Zazzle, they print and ship, wish the based price was lower but don’t have the cash to order in bulk and preprint)

If you are in the Bay Area and looking to get your BJJ roll on with some awesome ladies, tomorrow night is Bay Jiu Jitsu’s Monthly Women’s Open Mat where all skill levels are welcome and it’s free (donations accepted). You should also mark your calendars
for Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 12:00pm – 4:00pm because Kristina Barlaan is throwing another INSPIRE… 2nd Bay Area Edition: All Female Open Mat. You should certainly REGISTER NOW since spaces are limited and it will fill up!

2014 is going to be all getting things done and if you haven’t tried Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are don’t know why I won’t shut up about it you should totally come give it a try! Starting in February I will be teaching an 8 week long Women’s Introduction Program in Oakland. Come SIGN UP!

Over the last few years, I have come to realize that my passion for the sport stems from this evangelical drive to want to share it with everyone. Teaching has totally become my calling. I love sharing what I have learned and being a part of growing the culture in that respect. In fact I got to go now because I am off to teach!

Here’s to the start of another wonderful year. Looking forward to seeing you all on the mats!


View Gallery Here

This Summer I had the opportunity to photograph the Mission based San Francisco ABADÁ-CAPOEIRA group where several of my friends have been training for many years. Please join them tomorrow for the Batizado and Graduation Ceremony 2013 at 3221 22nd St @ Mission Street.

“ABADA Capoeira San Francisco will be celebrating it’s annual Batizado ceremony on Sunday November 4th at 12:30pm at it’s school in the Mission, San Francisco.
Mestra Márcia Cigarra has been teaching in the SF Bay Area for more than 20 years and has been a groundbreaking female teacher and mentor for kids and teenagers. Our group is unique in the Capoeira world in that about half of the students are women, and also the majority of the instructors.”


ACSF now offers professional instruction and performance of capoeira at its Mission-based Brazilian Arts Center, and at over 30 partnering sites throughout the Bay Area.
Founded in 1991, by master capoeira artist Márcia Treidler “Mestra Cigarra” , ACSF shares its name and philosophy with its parent organization-the Brazilian Association for the Support and Development of the Art of Capoeira founded by Mestre Camisa and based in Rio de Janeiro. ABADÁ-Capoeira is an international organization with independent branches in over 20 countries with over 40,000 practitioners. The organization adheres to a philosophy founded on the belief that capoeira has the power to improve society.
In 1991, Márcia Treidler, then a recent immigrant from Brazil, established ACSF to expand capoeira outside of Brazil, and to ensure the integrity of the art was maintained during its development in the United States. Working in dance centers, schools, and community venues, Márcia introduced capoeira and her unique philosophy and teaching methodology.


Mestranda Cigarra began studying capoeira in 1982 under the world-renowned Mestre Camisa. In 1987, she began to conduct classes for street children, youth, and adults in Rio de Janeiro. In 1991, Mestranda Cigarra moved to the US and, in 1997, was granted legal permanent residency as an “Alien with Extraordinary Abilities.” That same year, she founded the ACSF Brazilian Arts Center, located in San Francisco’s Mission District. The center, the first and only Bay Area non-profit dedicated to Afro-Brazilian cultural arts, offers classes for youth and adults in capoeira, percussion, Brazilian dance and Portuguese language. Mestranda Cigarra’s work reflects her commitment to the preservation and expansion of an art form that has an invaluable impact on our community’s cultural standing. A 30-year veteran student of Mestre Camisa, Mestranda Cigarra maintains international recognition for her accomplishments in the field and teaches regularly throughout Brazil, the North America, Israel, Asia, and Europe. Her outstanding achievements make her a highly sought-after teacher, an inspirational leader, and an important role model.

Women’s BJJ Open Mats 2013

Women's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open Mats
A listing of BJJ open mats for women, please contact me if you have an open mat you would like added with your website, contact info, dates, times, location and if there is a fee.

There is a separate listing of women’s BJJ classes.

Video by Valor Online News

Canada - East CoastWomen That FightCourtney PrattEastern CanadaBi Annualy
USA - California - Bay AreaBay Jiu Jitsu Women's Open Mat
Me!1628 Post Street,
San Francisco CA 94115
3rd Fridays of the month 7:30-9:00pm 8/16/13 7:30-9pm
USA - California - Bay AreaSweaty BettiesMollii Khangsengsing 3645 Grand Ave.
Oakland, California 94610
Every Sunday12:00-2:00pm8/18/13 12-2p
USA - California - RedlandsRibeiro Jiu Jitsu Women's Open MatAmanda Hodson1235 Indiana Ct #113
Redlands, California 92374
Every Friday5:00-6:30pm8/16/13 4:00–5:30 pm
USA - California - SacramentoNorCal Women's GrapplingNikki Smith2300 Sutterville Rd Sacramento, CA 95822
& other academies
USA -California - SouthernSoCal Women BJJJill BakerRotating.Monthly Check page.8/18/13 12:00-3:00pm @ Robot Fight & Fitness in LA!
USA - East Coast - VA, NC, DC, & MDMid-Atlantic Grappling Girls Liz SussanRotating.Check PageConquest BJJ September 21 at 11a to September 22 at 4p
USA - Florida - SouthernAmazonian Women's BJJ Open MatStephanie Dodge2nd or 3rd Saturday of the month August 24th from 10-1 at ATT Vero Beach, FL. Special guest judo black belt Takahara Rieko!
USA - Hawaii - MauiSweaty Betties
Region: Maui, Hawaii
Lori BruzenasMaui Jiu Jitsu 810 Haiku Rd., Unit #230 Haiku, Hawaii 96708Every Sunday10:00-11:30am
USA - Pacific NorthwestGrapplin' GalsSonia Sillan
USA - Massachusetts - BostonBoston Women's Open MatAriel Axelrod-HahnRotating.TBA Sundays12:00-2:00pm
USA - Michigan - SouthfieldGirlzian FemjitsuTarrah Baker & Amy Linsemier29305 Southfield Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076 & rotating
USA - MississippiMS Ladies' Only Open Mat Jessica Catherine DobbsNo Limit/Killer Bees, 150 Sunnycrest Dr., Ridgeland, MSSeptember 21st, 2013 1PM-4PM
USA -Mississippi - D'IbervilleAlan Belcher MMA ClubMonica MedinaAnnually8/24/13 from 10:00-1:00p
USA -New York - ManhattanNYC Womens Open Mat Karen MillerClockwork BJJ
650 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Bi-monthly, Sundays2:00pm-4:00pm
USA - Southwest - Texas, Colorado, & OklahomaGirls in GisShama KoRotating.Check Events Calendar
USA - Tennessee - NashvilleNashville Monthly Ladies Open MatSarah Caum478 Allied Dr. Suite 103
Nashville, TN 37211
8/10/13 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
USA- Texas - AustinGracie Humaita Women's Open MatShama Ko 1701 West Ben White, Suite 163, Austin, Texas 787049/28/13
Time2:30pm until 4:30pm in CDT
USA - VirginiaOpen Women's Classes Richmond BJJ & Self DefenseLiz Sussan725 W. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 232202x per month on Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
USA - West Coast - CA & AZInspire: All Female Open Mat Kristina BarlaanRotatingSee page.1st Bay Area Edition: Saturday September 14, 2013 @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm
JAPAN- TokyoReversal Women's Open MatYasuko Mogi or Shizuka Marcela Sugiyama Deep GymEvery Wednesday2:00-4:00pm8/21/13

SOLO EXHIBITION: Interview & Thank You!

Show ends July 28th, 2013… go see it while you can at Photobooth SF.

For those of you that couldn’t make it out to San Francisco last weekend to catch the opening reception of my first ever solo show, the amazingly talented women at WMMARoundup.com caught it all on video. The turnout was more than I could have asked for considering that it was a holiday weekend and most people were out of town. The gallery was packed with some of my favorite people, training partners, friends and family and I was exhausted with joy by the end of the evening. Event photography provided none other than my own dad, check it out at the bottom!

Didn’t get a chance to contribute to the show, but would like to?

You still can:


I want to give a huge shout out to all the contributors that gave toward my Indiegogo campaign.

Here’s to my White Belts:
Sway Photography
James Dale
Erena Shimoda, who by the way is an awesome, underwater photographer who works with cancer survivors!
Melissa Wyman, AKA the Fight Therapist.
Christie Sullivan
Eric Knight
Tiffany Tamaribuchi & Sacramento Taiko Don
Dee Dennis
T. Kreek
National Pay Day
Steve Walsh
Leah Van Tassel
Noah David Bau
Miquel Jacobs

and my Blue Belts:
Cynthia Vance, phenomenal video artists and fighter!
Jeremy Dang
Diane Cousineau
Audacia Ray
Tara Tamaribuchi
Chikara Magazine
Candace Stump
Denise Henry
Amanda Gary
Tim & Naomi
Beautiful Brawlers
The Specific Chiropractic Center
Women’s MMA Roundup
e3 Fitness Grips

Last but not least, my Purple Belts:
Mr. Cuddles, my personal grappling dummy
Jiz Lee
Simon Modery
Dana Hoey
Nancy Maynard

You all are fabulous people! Speaking of fabulous people, check out all these lookers who made it out to the show…

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Also want to add an extra thanks to my fight banner sponsors:
Tara Tamaribuchi
Chikara Magazine
Beautiful Brawlers
The Specific Chiropractic Center
Women’s MMA Roundup
e3 Fitness Grips

Also special thanks to my bartenders Pati Gracia and Chris White, My mom hope helped me shlep all the art across town, my dad who did last minute drink and snack runs and my girlfriend for flying all the way out from Tokyo last minute to be there with me. Of course it couldn’t be possible either with out all the hard work from Vince and Clare at Photobooth SF.

Make It Happen: Solo Exhibition July 6th

Hey Everyone!

I am super excited because I have recently been given my very first solo show as an artist! It’s scheduled for July 6th, 7-9pm at Photobooth SF located in San Francisco’s Mission District, but I need your help. I’m looking to raise money to help offset the costs of this show and am hoping to cover the basic material costs of printing and framing the pieces.This is only a fraction of the amount it costs to do the Female Fighter Project on a regular basis, however all help is deeply appreciated and needed. You can read more about my SOLO EXHIBITION on my indiegogo page, plus I’ve got some pretty FFP cool stuff to give to donors!

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Make It Happen: Female Fighter Project Solo Art Show July 6th from Shawn Tamaribuchi on Vimeo.

You can also make a small paypal donation in any amount here:

Thank you so very much! I belong to an amazing and generous community of fighters and artists who continue to inspire me. This summer is really spectacular: I just started teaching two women’s beginning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Programs, I start my at risk Oakland girls self defense program in two weeks, and my show is coming up!

Also please check out Photobooth SF, the perfect place for analog photo nerds, artists and anyone looking to get a one of a kind tintype portrait made or take some unique photo classes!

Hugs with underhooks,

Female Fighter Project Art Shows & Sponsorships

Print Que Epson

Saturday February 23rd, 2013, 7pm
“Faces and Places” Group Exhibition
(I’ll be there 7-8:30p selling posters, come say hi!)
Barber Lounge SF
854 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 934 0411
This is a group exhibition and there will also be a live band.

I am super proud to announce not one, but two art shows the Female Fighter Project is a part of! I am going to be busting my ass to complete 14 prints framed and gallery ready in the next few weeks. I am almost half way done, but still have a lot of the way to go spending most of my weekends in the photo center developing film, scanning, retouching, printing, mounting and framing each piece. I have got some new never seen before work plus some BIG pieces I am very excited about. I am also looking for sponsors to help me out with the cost of producing this work. Any amount is deeply appreciated plus I got some nifty prizes for those who can give a little more.


    White Belt: $5-10
    Gratitude for being awesome!

    Blue Belt: $20-50
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    Purple Belt: $100
    Link on thank you page.
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    Brown Belt: $250
    Footer link for 1 year.
    Small print (~12×12″).
    5 posters.
    Link on thank you page.
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    Black Belt: $500
    20×20″ print.
    Footer link for 1 year.
    Link on thank you page.
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    Red Belt: $1000
    30×30 print of your choice.
    A personalized video thank you.
    Footer link for 1 year.
    Link on thank you page.
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

For those of you in the SF Bay Area, mark your calendars…

Saturday, July 6th, 2013, 7-9pm
“Female Fighter Project Show”
Photobooth SF
1193 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-1248
This is a solo show! Come out and say hi!

Leticia Ribeiro Women’s Grappling Camp 2012 San Francisco

Quite possibily the largest women’s Bjj event on the west coast, Leticia Ribeiro’s annual women’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu camp did not disappoint. Three jam packed days of phenomenal instruction along with tight knit community vibe make this one of my Bjj highlights of the year.

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I attended Saturday which was 8 hours of gi techniques and my brain was swimming after the first 40min. Leticia teaches with pure grace and is the absolute epitome of arte suave, poetry in motion. Combine this with the atmosphere of comrodry she fosters, it’s no mystery why women from across the US converge for this special event.

What made this year particularly stand out was the high attendance of youth, who not only represent the future of Bjj but are making quiet an impact now! Young BJJ all star Alyssa Mia Wilson was in attendance and her family had driven up from LA just for the day.

It was an excellent weekend of catching up with old friends as well as making new ones. The Sweaty Betties continue to out do themselves not only bringing in great instructors, but also sponsors who provided fantastic goodies and prizes. Not to be missed is the post training dinner and if you have the energy for it, clubbing.

Keep you calendars free for next years camp, usually sometime between mid November to December.

See you next year!

Dec 7-9: Leticia Ribeiro’s Women’s Grappling Camp San Francisco, CA

Leticia Ribeiro Seminar LA 2012 from NAKAMA on Vimeo.

One of the most excellent BJJ experiences of last year was attending Leticia Ribeiro Women’s Camp. It was incredibly powerful to see how many women turned out and to meet some of the best female Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the world all in one place. Leticia has dedicated her life and practice to bringing together and strengthening the women’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community. If you are in the Bay Area December 7-9th, you must go!And don’t forget to pick up a poster from the Female Fighter Project while you are there.

Art Exhibition & Bay Area Female Fighters Poster

Hello Everyone!

I’m getting ready to do a small exhibition with some prints from my Female Fighter Project which will be showing at the Gallery de Grotto (1590 Bryant St San Francisco, CA 94103 inside Sports Basement ) opening Sept. 7th which was coordinated by Tiny Splendor. I am going to be making limited edition posters for the show with my images of Bay Area Female Fighters and am looking for folks that might be interested in being a sponsor.

Sponsorship comes in the form of a $50 donation and all sponsors will have their logo put on the poster as well as a web link mention on my website. Due date for sponsorship monetary commitment and print resolution logo is coming up 8/30 Tuesday.

Please let me know if you are interested. The space is limited so first come first server. Donation are being accepted through PayPal, sent to liarphoto [at] yahoo.com. Please send inquiries and logos to shawn [at] liarphoto.com

Thanks for your support!

-Shawn Tamaribuchi