Belt Rank: Brown
Instructor: Andre Galvao
1. What do you do for a living?
My first job is help Andre in whatever he needs, my second job is be a fighter, that is what I do for living . My husband and I also own a jiu jitsu school.
2. Are you a mom? A wife? A girlfriend? A sister? A daughter to awesome parents that let you do Jiu-Jitsu?
I am a mom of a 6 years old girl, and a wife of a champion ... that is already hard work.
3.Where you a tomboy or a girly-girl growing up?
I was so so, when I was very little I used to be more tomboy, but big part of my childhood I was girly-girl.
4. Did you grow up doing other sports?
My dad always wanted me to be into sports, I did volleyball but I found out later that I wasn’t very tall lol
5. How did you find BJJ?
I first saw bjj in my town during a tournament that they always had during the summer, in fact that was the first time I saw Andre.
And then, next week I try out my first class.
6. How often do you train?
I train 5 to 6 days a week, with 2 bjj session and 1 conditioning session per day.
7. What is the one thing that keeps you from training some days?
My family (husband, daughter and me) live inside the gym, I spend more time at the gym than in home, I only skip in case of sickness, or if I have something to do with my girl or at home.
8. Have you ever wanted to quit?
I never wanted, but I quit for 5 years, when I got pregnant, from end of 2005 until end of 2010, I try to be back when my girl was little but I couldn’t do it with discipline, so I decided that would be better be 100% a mom and wife.
9. What drives you or inspires you to keep training?
My husband is with no doubt my inspiration and the why to keep me training, the way he gives himself to bjj, teach is amazing.
10. Do you compete? Why or why not?
Yes, I really enjoy compete, I believe also you can improve faster when you compete, because you can have a goal, and after the tournament, no matter how was the results, there will be always something that you need to fix, and that help you a lot.
11. Where do you think the drive inside you to fight comes from? (whether you compete or not)
its my job, I just love it, its not about only need it, but want it.
12. What are some of your biggest upsets either in training or competition?
Injury is always something hard to deal with, doesn’t only affect your BJJ but your personal life as well, the injury on my arm last year was the biggest for me, also I had a bad call last Europeans, and because of that I didn’t even step on the podium after invest so much to be there.
13. What are some of your best accomplishments either in training or competition, on or off the mats?
For sure is my family, I am way more proud to have an awesome husband and daughter than any medal I can get.
14. What are some of your fears with BJJ?
15. What do you love about BJJ the most? What do you dislike?
I love that bjj is for everybody, young, old, fit, fat, strong, skinny, short, tall ... and you can have your own style. i have no dislikes on bjj.
16. What are your future goals with BJJ?
My future goals is keep improving everyday, and achieve many titles as I can
17. Did BJJ change your life? How?
Yes, discipline, diet, resting, change my life style.
18. Do you have a BJJ practitioner you look up to whether it be male or female?
yes, I really look up to my husband (Andre Galvao) he is a great leader, teacher, coach and competitor, his mind set is something that really amaze me everyday.
19. If a girl was standing outside of your academy scared to come in and try BJJ, what words of encouragement would you give her?
I would talk to her, and maybe tell her my story, I’m sure she would accept an one to one class
20. Any last thoughts?
I’m so happy to see the female community growing so fast, Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk a little be about myself, also thanks my coach Andre Galvao, my team mates at Atos San Diego, Storm Kimonos.
Check out more about Angelica and her accomplishments on her website!