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OUR COMMUNITY

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you do not exist solely to lose weight.

Too often, the "big girls"  in the grappling world get our skills and accomplishments dismissed due to our size. At times it can get frustrating or discouraging having a lack of peers in our gyms or competitions, to relate. 

Cue in the Mighty Dames


The Mighty Dames was formed, in 2017, to help facilitate the need for female "heavys" to connect with each other. Our mission is to foster a community of encouragement and camaraderie for female "heavys".  The Mighty Dames are dedicated to supporting each of you in your grappling journey and look to be a safe haven for women to come for encouragement, motivation, advice or just to vent. 

 Embrace all that you are

From a very early age, we women are faced with societal pressure to look and act a certain way. As these pressures continue, we often being to see them impacting our self-esteem, self-worth, and self-value. Our vision is to shatter the negative attitudes toward being "heavy" by spreading the importance of healthy body image & body confidence. 

OUR VISION

To shatter the negative attitudes toward being "heavy" by spreading the importance of healthy body image & body confidence. 

OUR MISSION

To foster a community

of encouragement and camaraderie for female heavys.

you do not exist solely to lose weight.

Founder, Torrie O'neil

From blogger to community builder, Torrie started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2014 and quickly felt the need for a community of fellow female heavys. Unable to find one, she started The Mighty Dames.

Based in Central Florida, Torrie is currently a brown belt training at

The Burdhouse: Pedigo Submission Fighting - Ocala. An active competitor,

14x IBJJF Gold Medalist and recently earned Gold at IBJJF No-Gi Worlds. 

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Torrie believes in the power of representation and uses her platform to advocate for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community on and off the mats. She also works as a Domestic Violence Case Manager, helping women & children heal & re-establish control of their lives.

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