An Austin native, Katie Villarreal has been a student at TMAA since 2010. She earned her 1st Dan Black belt under Sa Bum Nim Espy in 2017. Katie holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and B.A. in Gender Studies from UT Austin, and she has been teaching martial arts full-time since she graduated in 2011. In her time at TMAA, Katie has worked on developing and expanding our Wee Warriors and Fitness programs, and she has dedicated many hours to teaching martial arts classes for kids and adults. Katie is also an A.C.T. certified self-defense instructor, and she teaches a course at St. Edward’s University. Katie is active in the community giving self defense and empowerment workshops for groups such as Girls’ Empowerment Network and Girls Rock Austin. Katie continues to train in stand-up martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and boxing.