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Darla Sedlacek //// Blue Belt
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Kids Classes & Women's BJJ

 

Darla began martial arts training in college, earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, while completing her doctoral dissertation on effective assault prevention in 2000. She taught self defense and trained in various disciplines over the years, but found Hurricane on opening day in 2014 and found home. She avidly trains Jiu Jitsu and competes often. Today, Darla teaches the kids' classes alongside John Lawrence.

Darla has always loved intense sport and teaching, it was inevitable to put them together in her work. Intense sport experience includes artistic skating for 9 years as a youth, soccer in high school and college, martial arts training, and ultrarunning. Some of her teaching experiences include coaching youth soccer with a USSFD Coach license, former faculty at Cleveland State University in the Physical Education Department and the Counseling Department, certified yoga teacher, and certified fitness trainer. All of these experiences led to her current drive to assist others find optimal experiences in their lives, whether in or out of sport. Dr. Darla is in private practice as a Psychologist, specializing in sport psychology and movement therapy, teaching people how to use movement to manage energy. Working with various schools and organizations is a joy for her, especially teaching therapeutic yoga and Jiu Jitsu to incarcerated women in re-entry programs.
 

Her competition experience includes:

  • 2nd Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: IBJJF American Nationals 2015
  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Middle No Gi: IBJJF American Nationals 2015
  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Intermediate No Gi: NAGA Pittsburgh 2015
  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: NAGA Pittsburgh 2015
  • 2nd Place Blue Adult Middle No Gi: IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open 2015
  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Middle No Gi: IBJJF Chicago Summer Open 2016
  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Light No Gi: IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open 2016
  • 2nd Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: American Grappling Challenge 2016
  • 2nd Place Blue Adult Intermediate No Gi: American Grappling Challenge 2016
  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Light Gi: Chicago Spring Open 2017
  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Light No Gi: Chicago Spring Open 2017
  • 1st Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: American Grappling Challenge OH 2017
  • 2st Place Blue Adult Intermediate No Gi: American Grappling Challenge OH 2017
  • 1st Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: American Grappling Challenge PA 2017
  • 1st Place Blue Adult Intermediate No Gi: American Grappling Challenge PA 2017