Darla Sedlacek //// Purple Belt
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Adult Classes & Kids Classes

 

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Studying martial arts for over 25 years, Darla began her training in college earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Due to her interest in questions about self defense training, she completed her doctoral dissertation on effective assault prevention in 2000. After that, 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 is a serious competitor, with a current 2-0 Fight to Win pro record.

Darla teaches the kids' classes alongside John Lawrence and leads a women’s team/affiliate program at Transform HQ. She is an ambassador for the Ohio chapter of Girls in Gis, a non-profit that shares her mission to help build the community of women and girls training in BJJ. She’s always been interested in empowering people to protect and defend themselves on and off the mats. For women in particular, using forceful resistance is effective but often there are mixed messages about its use.

Outside of the time she spends coaching and training Jiu Jitsu, Darla is in private practice as a Psychologist, working with general topics of concern but specializing in sport/performance psychology and movement therapy. She also holds certifications in personal training and yoga. Her other interests include ultrarunning.

Her competition experience includes:

  • Fight to Win Pro 110 Purple Belt Champion, April 2019

  • 3rd place Purple Adult Light: Cincinnati IBJJF International Open 2018

  • 1st place Purple Master 4 Light: World Master IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018

  • Fight to Win Pro 72 Purple Belt Champion, April 2018

  • 1st Place Blue Adult Light: IBJJF Chicago Spring Open 2018

  • 1st Place Blue Master 4 Light: IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship 2018

  • 1st place Blue Adult Middleweight Gi: American Grappling Challenge, September 2017

  • 3rd place Blue Adult Middleweight No Gi: IBJJF Chicago Summer Open 2017

  • 3rd place Blue Adult Lightweight Gi: IBJJF Chicago Summer Open 2017

  • 1st Place Blue Adult Intermediate No Gi: American Grappling Challenge PA 2017

  • 1st Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: American Grappling Challenge PA 2017

  • 2nd Place Blue Adult Intermediate No Gi: American Grappling Challenge OH 2017

  • 1st Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: American Grappling Challenge OH 2017

  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Light No Gi: Chicago Spring Open 2017

  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Light Gi: Chicago Spring Open 2017

  • 2nd Place Blue Adult Intermediate No Gi: American Grappling Challenge 2016

  • 2nd Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: American Grappling Challenge 2016

  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Light No Gi: IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open 2016

  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Middle No Gi: IBJJF Chicago Summer Open 2016

  • 2nd Place Blue Adult Middle No Gi: IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open 2015

  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: NAGA Pittsburgh 2015

  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Intermediate No Gi: NAGA Pittsburgh 2015

  • 3rd Place Blue Adult Middle No Gi: IBJJF American Nationals 2015

  • 2nd Place Blue Adult Middle Gi: IBJJF American Nationals 2015