This win was for the women at SafePlace Austin by way of the Texas BJJ group Girls in Gis.
On January 22, 2012, twenty-nine women and girls traveled far and wide across Texas to attend Girls in Gis-Austin.Sometraveled over five hours with their families to participate in the three hour BJJ training session.Black belt Fabiana Borges of Gracie Barra N. Austin hosted and led the instruction.In addition to providing a fun and friendly place to train, this event also served as the final collection drop off location for the GIGWish List donation drive for SafePlace, Austin.
The Girls in Gis-Austin event began with a traditional Gracie Barra warm-up, fundamental Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self defense techniques, a few sport Jiu-Jitsu techniques, drilling and concluded with structured rolling led by Borges'."This was the best Girls in Gis yet! I really liked how Fabiana structured the training session. I had so much fun!" said Girls in Gis veteran Rebecca Varady of Gracie Humaitá Austin .
Its 2012 – Have you started training for this year’s tournament season? Fabiana Borges has.
Fabiana started Jiu-Jitsu when she was eleven. She attended a Jiu-Jitsu school for underprivileged youth in Rio de Janeiro led by Professor Fabiano Gaudio. She fought in her first Worlds at fourteen. She’s won two world titles since, as a blue belt in 2004 and as a purple belt in 2005.
In 2010 she won her first Pan Ams against Michelle Nicolline. Pan Am gold followed again in 2010. But Gold at the worlds would elude her when she lost to Bianca Ribeiro. Last year Fabiana got a gold at the American Nationals, silver at the Pan Ams and bronze at the Worlds losing by points to Kyra Gracie.
Fabiana has moved to Austin Texas and is teaching at Gracie Barra North Austin. She is working towards developing a strong women’s program.