Mollii Khangsengsing

 

Mollii Khangsengsing
Founder & Head Instructor

Mollii is the first Laotian female black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) with 13 years of training. In 2017, she founded and spearheaded Tuff Love Fitness, a non-profit that offers programs through Four Elements Fitness Gym in Oakland to provide free monthly women’s self-defense workshops to low-income/at risk communities. The program was featured on ABC7 News and  recognized by Mayor Libby Schaaf and the City of Oakland for the efforts aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against girls and women in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Mollii also co-founded the Sweaty Betties, one of the first groups in the country to offer free weekly BJJ training to women. Since 2010, she has organized one of the largest women’s grappling camps in the country featuring several World Champion instructors, such as Leticia Ribeiro, Hanette Staack, and Bia Mesquita. Throughout the years, these BJJ camps have taken place in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Maui, and Costa Rica, and they draw attendees from all over the world.

In addition, Mollii has over 11 years of experience teaching martial arts, with a specialization in women’s and girls self-defense. She leads the women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, teaches self-defense at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, leads the kids’ self-defense and Jiu-Jitsu program at Four Elements Fitness gym, and volunteers her time teaching at Guardian Gym, a non-profit gym in Oakland that provides free martial arts classes for kids. 

As a lifelong athlete, Mollii understands how sports and physical activity can change one’s life for the better. She immigrated to the U.S. as a child, and it was through her love of sports and fitness that she was able to quickly adapt to a new country and language. When Mollii isn’t teaching or training, you can find her slurping on a giant bowl of ramen noodles or climbing up the nearest coconut tree.