Savannah McCord

Head Kid’s and Women’s Instructor


Coach Savannah joined Bristol Jiu-Jitsu in 2017 looking for a new way to stay in shape, have fun and fell in love with the sport, the gym, and the people in it. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from JMU in 2016 and moving back to Bristol, jiu-jitsu gave her the drive to continue her education at ETSU and earn a master’s degree in sport science/strength and conditioning in May 2020. She currently works at ACT, but volunteers as a strength coach for King University Men’s Soccer.

As of 2019, Savannah has competed three times and medaled twice: silver at IBJJF Nashville in 2018 as well as gold and bronze at US Grappling Greensboro in 2019. She also earned the rank of pink belt from Gracie University in women’s self-defense. Her biggest passion, however, is being a coach and mentor to all girls and women who set foot in Bristol Jiu-Jitsu.

“If I’ve made Jiu-Jitsu more accessible for any girl of any age, I’ve done my job. It can be intimidating to get started in this sport, but I want to show everyone that it’s not just for guys. Jiu-jitsu teaches us that even the smaller or weaker person can still give themselves an advantage if they show up to class, put the work in, and develop their skills just like anyone.” – Savannah McCord