IT IS THE WORK SHE DOES WITH THE YOUNGER GIRLS THAT IS THE MOST INSPIRING TO ME. SHE IS TEACHING HER STUDENTS NOT ONLY THE ART OF JIU-JITSU BUT BY EXAMPLE, SHOWING THEM HOW TO BE A STRONG FEMALE LEADER IN A MALE-DOMINATED SPORT. MORE IMPORTANTLY, SHE IS PROVING THAT IT IS POSSIBLE!
Her accomplishments are many, and she’s a stellar role model for young girls!
Holly is a wife, mom of 4 boys, and a property manager in Houston, Texas. Her nominator Tarrie says, “ She’s also the first female to earn her black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Houston for the Renzo Gracie Academy and its affiliates, what many of us consider to be an incredible accomplishment. She works non-stop to shift between all of these roles every single day and often times overlapping them when necessary. However, you will never hear Holly complain about her busy schedule and the amount of time spent traveling from one job to the next.”
“I have witnessed Holly working with her students of all ages, and she has a way of immediately making connections and making everyone feel like part of her big special family,” Tarrie says. “Where I feel she shines and inspires the most is in her coaching of the younger students, both boys, and girls. However, it is the work she does with the younger girls that is the most inspiring to me. She is teaching her students not only the art of jiu-jitsu but by example, showing them how to be a strong female leader in a male-dominated sport. More importantly, she is proving that it is possible!”
“These young girls have the ultimate role model in Holly, Tarrie says. “I want her to realize how valued and valuable she is in this world, especially for these young girls who are thriving under her teaching. I know she becomes weary and sometimes finds it hard to believe in herself, so I would like to nominate Holly, and remind her of how significant she is to those around her and how we all truly admire and cherish her character, her grit, and her spirit.”