Grace Blackmer started her martial arts journey in 2005 after retiring from a career as a professional dancer. She received her 1st-degree blackbelt in 2006 and her first state title. After receiving her 3rd-degree blackbelt, she spent time raising her 4 kids. In 2015, she was certified as a Songahm Taekwondo Instructor.
In 2020, she placed 2nd at World Championships in open hand form, and in 2021 and 2022 received district Champion for Michigan, Indiana, and Northern Illinois.
In 2020, she purchased ATA Martial Arts of Grand Traverse and now has a 5th-degree blackbelt; she is excited to bring her love for martial arts and people to the Grand Traverse community.