Henderson County native expands local martial arts business

Henderson County native Leanne Hensley is expanding FighterWithin, her mixed martial arts business.

FighterWithin has quickly outgrown its original space, moving down three doors. The new location, which will open May 2, is located at 115 C Four Seasons Mall next to Go Grocery in Hendersonville. Services include Gracie Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karakido Karate, Muay Thai Kickboxing, a fitness center, sauna, drop-in tutoring, and one-to-one personal training.

Leanne Hensley

Hensley founded FighterWithin in 2006.

“After the birth of my son, I realized that other mothers needed to have the skills that I have to protect those they love, primarily their children who are vulnerable,” Hensley said. “In that moment, looking at my newborn, I knew I had to help families become a stronger, more protected entity.”

Hensley began teaching in the basement of her home.

“I had a full-time job in mind with other employment plans due to years of training in another field,” she said. “In 2016 I took FighterWithin full-time and left my previous engagements to focus solely on FighterWithin. I had absolutely no idea that FighterWithin’s journey would lead me to where I am today.”

Leave a Comment