Get To Know The Girl Who Destroyed Guys With Jiu-Jitsu In The Park – Riley Breedlove

If you do BJJ and have been on social media over the past day or so, you know that there’s a new viral video out and about: a young, highly technical jiu jitsu practitioner took on multiple opponents in an extracurricular, off the mat grappling contest. Here’s the clincher: the practitioner is a 16 year old girl, and the opponents were boys. Oh and she delivered a pretty epic walloping…

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Riley Breedlove

The girl in the now viral video is Riley Breedlove, a blue belt at Ryan BJJ under Todd Ryan in Tulsa Oklahoma. I had an opportunity to chat briefly with Riley and learn a bit about her jiu jitsu journey, the circumstances surrounding the video and some of her thoughts on BJJ.

For starters, Riley may only be a blue belt, but she’s been training for a while “I got into BJJ when I was about 7 or 8 because of my brother. He was being bullied on the (football) field about his size, so my parents thought Jiu Jitsu would help with the bullying and make him more athletic. The instructor dragged me on to the mats for me to try it. Naturally I just fell in love with it!” That’s 8-9 years of experience!

Riley is an active BJJ competitor whose tournament wins include Battle 4 the Ages, NABJJF Lone Star Championships and the AGF qualifier that qualified her to go to the invitational. She’s also an avid fan of Mackenzie Dern, Michele Nicolini and Gabi Garcia.

Riley Breedlove

Many people are touting Riley’s video as an example of a girl defending herself, while it certainly is a strong example of Jiu Jitsu technique overcoming physical size and strength, it wasn’t a hostile situation “These boys that have seen my Jiu Jitsu videos came up to me and started asking some questions about it. Then they wanted to see if their wrestling could beat Jiu Jitsu so we rolled, and I honestly didn’t even know it was being recorded until after it all happened.” She definitely made a strong case for Jiu Jitsu!

Fortunately Riley hasn’t been forced to test her BJJ in an actual self defense situation “I’ve never had to use it. I try to stay clear of fights and what not. This was just a friendly roll so they could see what Jiu Jitsu does against a wrestler.”

Riley Breedlove

Many people, me included, were concerned for the safety of Riley, given that these boys were getting beaten and might choose to resort to “dirty” tactics (slamming striking etc.) Also, someone who doesn’t necessarily know they are being submitted might be injured by a trained grappler… Fortunately the situation was a bit safer than it appears in the video “One of them tried to (slam,) but I had a friend who also trains “refereeing” the roll so that nobody got hurt.” This is certainly one of those don’t try this at home types of videos but at least there was someone else there who knew what they were doing…

Riley never expected the video to go viral. It has already been shared by many big names in the BJJ and MMA community “I’m super shocked. I didn’t think it was going to get this popular.” As for her family and friends “Everyone thought it was pretty cool, they’ve all been so supportive”

Riley Breedlove

Given her willingness to throw down with boys, and ability to beat them one after the other, I thought it would be interesting to get Riley’s opinions about mixed gender competition “Mixed gender competition is great for kids and teenagers. I’ve competed against boys all throughout my journey, but since I started competing at the adult level I’ve only competed against other women. As an adult, women are more likely to get injured competing against a man in competition. But if you feel confident enough in your technique then I say go for it. So I guess you could say I’m on the fence when it comes to adults.”

In closing Riley had a few thank yous and shout outs “I’d like to thank my sponsors Ckfightlife for all the support. It’s truly an honor to be able to represent the art. And I’d like to think my team at Ryan BJJ for always pushing me to be the best I can be, also everyone in the Tulsa, Oklahoma community.”

Riley is a great example of the positive side of BJJ. We at Jiu Jitsu Times wish her the very best in her Jiu Jitsu Journey.  If you are interested in seeing competition footage and following her jiu jitsu career, check out her fanpage at

Riley Breedlove




Emil Fischer is an active blue belt competitor under Pablo Angel Castro III training with Strong Style Brasa and is sponsored by Pony Club Grappling Gear and Cruz Combat. For more information, other articles, and competition videos check out his athlete pages at and


  1. Your article smells of Bjj business promotion propaganda.

    First it wasn’t technique against physical power, she had technique but if it wasn’t for her physical power and especially her biceps and pumped quads, this video wouldn’t have seen the light of day …. she is extremely skillful but it is not only skill that bought her victory and it is obvious to everyone

    Second, they ( the boys ) weren’t wrestlers and she was bigger than them and notice how at the end of the video she struggled with the black guy because he was bigger but she was able to get hold of his neck which is of course is weaker than her quads even if he was a male.

    So avoiding any mention of her physical strength made me write this comments … not all BJJ girls can match up to boys and 90% of the videos on youtube even official matches picturing this are fake and manipulated. A girl needs muscle to go against a boy

  2. Lets just keep it real, the guys were effing wimps, she is at the top of the food chain for a girl..end of story..she will beat them again cause we are a nation of p****** now

  3. Some comments are just sad, written by macho’s whose little self esteem crumples when a woman is good at something. On top of it their words show that they have no clue about bjj. All the best for Riley and her great sport. Thank you for this good article.


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