Emily Kwok’s Bio
Emily Kwok is a female fighter from Aamori, Japan.
She was the first Canadian woman to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and the first to win a World Championship.
She is an instructor at Princeton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in New Jersey. She is both head instructor and co-founder of Womens Grappling, the only organization to host a womens only training camp throughout North America.
She began BJJ in Canada in 2001, and would earn her Blue Belt from Renzo Gracie after moving to the USA. She earned her BJJ Purple Belt during her year in Japan, where she also picked up MMA. After moving back to the USA, she would go on to earn her Brown Belt, and eventually, the coveted Black Belt in 2008 from Ricardo Almeida.
Emily has born in Japan. Her family immigrated to Canada in the early eighties, and she grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She holds Canadian citizenship.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
She is also a mother.
2011 - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships | No Gi Silver
2010 - No Gi World Championships Gold
2009 - American National Championships | Brown/Black Belts Silver
2008 - Grapplers Quest Pro Invitational | Pro Division Silver
2008 - Pan American Championships | Brown/Black Belts Bronze
2007 - Mundials World Championship | Brown/Black Belts Gold
2007 - No Gi World Championships | Brown/Black Belts Silver
2006 - ADCC North American Trials Silver
2006 - East Coast Grappling Championships | Absolute Pro Division Silver
2006 - US Grappling East Coast Championships | Purple Belts Silver
2006 - NAGA Battle at the Beach | Purple Belts Gold
2006 - NAGA Battle at the Beach | Grappling Advanced Division Gold
2006 - Grapplers Quest US National Championships | Advanced Division Gold
2006 - NAGA Worlds | Advanced Division Gold
2005 - Combat Athletics Submission Challenge | Advanced Division Gold
2005 - US Open, Purple Belts Gold
2004 - Reversal Festa Tournament | Grappling Advanced Division Gold
2004 - Reversal Festa Tournament | Blue Belts Gold
2004 - Reversal Submission Tournament | Advanced Division Silver
2004 - Campenato Japanese All Japan Tournament | Blue Belts Gold
2004 - Smackgirl Submission Wrestling Challenge | Blue Belts Gold
2003 - Tigerbalm Martial Arts Challenge | White Belts Gold
2003 - Fireball Challenge | White Belts Silver
2002 - Western Canadian Martial Arts Challenge | White Belts Gold
How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (2011) - DVD Set Instructor
What I Know Now About Success (2010) - Contributing Author