On a long drive to a fateful camping trip soon to-go-very very bad, Felicia Oh was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by her friend’s husband. Intrigued by the notion that technique and skill could overcome size and strength, she went to watch a class. She signed up and started training the next day. Felicia has since dominated many national and international competitions and was awarded her black belt by Jean Jacques Machado after only 4.5 years – an achievement that has left many of her male training partners both envious and struggling to keep up.
In 2007, Felicia became the first woman to win both the Pan American Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Gi and No-Gi divisions. After winning the ADCC North American Trials and securing her spot to represent the United States at the ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championship, she had convincing victories over a multi-time BJJ World Champion and a Japanese superstar which put her in the finals of the most prestigious grappling event in the world. Felicia represented the USA and won the gold medal at the first FILA World Wrestling Games for Grappling in Antalya, Turkey. She won two more gold medals in 2009 at the FILA Grappling World Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 2009, the three-time USA Grappling World Team member tried out for and was selected for the BJMUTA Fight Team.
In an effort to help the evolution and growth of women’s participation in BJJ and grappling, Felicia held the first ever Women’s Grappling Camp in Valencia, CA in February, 2009. Over 30 women from across the United States and Canada descended upon BJMUTA for an intensive week of training. In August 2009, Felicia held the second Women’s Grappling Camp in Toronto, Canada which also sold out. The program has grown to include mini-weekend camps in different parts of the country in addition to the week-long camps.
Felicia currently teaches Women’s Submission Grappling as well as Ultimate Fitness classes at Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy (BJMUTA) in Valencia, CA and at M3 Fight and Fitness in Montrose, CA. She is also a guest instructor with Jean Jacques Machado’s Online Training Program.
In addition to a BJJ Black Belt, Felicia is Crossfit certified, a certified Kettlebell instructor under RKC and AKC as well as a Fightwall Certified trainer.
She teaches and trains at BJMUTA and is an assistant coach of the BJMUTA Fight Team. Her teaching emphasis is on personal improvement – physical, psychological, emotional and technical – in the safest and most effective way possible. While there is competition, the competition is ultimately with yourself.
- 2009 FILA Grappling World Champion – No-Gi
- 2009 FILA Grappling World Champion – Gi
- 2009 USA Grappling World Team Trials Champion
- 2009 USA World Team Member
- 2008 FILA Grappling Silver Medalist
- 2008 USA Grappling World Team Trials Champion
- 2008 USA World Team Member
- 2008 IBJJF World No-Gi Silver Medalist
- 2007 12th GrapplersQuest West Adv. No-Gi Absolute Champion
- 2007 FILA Grappling World Champion
- 2007 USA World Team Member
- 2007 USA Grappling World Team Trials Champion
- 2007 USA Grappling Team Qualifying Trials Champion
- 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Finalist
- 2007 IBJJF World No-Gi Silver Medalist
- 2007 IBJJF World Gi Bronze Medalist
- 2007 IBJJF Pan American Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Champion
- 2007 IBJJF Pan American Jiu Jitsu No-Gi Black Belt Champion
- 2006 ADCC North American Submission Wrestling Trials Champion
- 2006 US Open of Submission Grappling Absolute Champion
- 2006 US Open of Submission Grappling (Class B) Advanced Division Champion
- 2005 Pan American Games of Submission Grappling Advanced Division Champion
- 2005 Pan American Games of Submission Grappling Absolute Silver Medalist
- 2005 GrapplersQuest VII (Class A) Advanced Division Champion
- 2005 GrapplersQuest VII (Class B) Advanced Division Champion
- 2004 GrapplersQuest VI Advanced Division Champion
- 2004 GrapplersQuest VI Absolute Silver Medalist
- U.S. Open Professional Women’s Division Champion 2004
- U.S. Open 2003 – Champion
- Pan American No-Gi Championships 2003 – Champion
- Tito Ortiz Submission Wrestling Invitational 2003 – Champion
- Grappling Games 2003 No-Gi – Champion
- Copa Pacifica 2003 – Champion
- California State Championships 2002 – Champion
- Grappling Games 2001 – Champion
CERTIFICATIONS & DEGREES
- Kettlebell Certifications: RKC, Certified Kettlebell Instructor, IKFF Certified Instructor
- Crossfit Certified Instructor
- MFA – Art/New Genres, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
- BFA – Fine Art, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
- US Olympic Committee December Poll Women’s Athlete of the Month
- 2007 Masters Hall of Fame Inductee
- Personal and Executive Security