Lora grew up in South Jersey and moved to NYC after graduating Hofstra University, where she built a career in public relations. Initially a novice to martial arts, Lora joined the Kickboxing program at Ronin Athletics in June 2016. Eventually, the self-defense focus of our newly implemented Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program piqued her interest and she became fascinated by the practicality of the techniques and the philosophy behind realistic self-defense for women. She dedicated her training to GJJ for the past 2 years and this led her to become our first ever Gracie Women Empowered Pink Belt. In July 2019, she completed the Women Empowered ICP (Instructor Certification Program) at Gracie University Headquarters, in Torrance, California and is certified to teach our Women Empowered classes, along with our Head Coach, Christian. She completed the Gracie Combatives Program, earned her Combatives Belt and has recently achieved the rank of Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.