Belt Rank: Black
Instructor: Chris Haueter
1. What do you do for a living?
I am a private tutor and I run and operate a private tutoring company. I also teach aerobics and jiu jitsu!
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 mother of a three year old girl named Alison. I am a wife to my coach Chris Haueter. I have a sister and parents.
3.Where you a tomboy or a girly-girl growing up?
I was a cheerleader who liked to drink with the boys and wrestle.
4. Did you grow up doing other sports?
5. How did you find BJJ?
When I met my husband Chris 10 years ago, I started training. He is the 5th American black belt and has been training since 1988.
6. How often do you train?
4 times a week minimum; Getting ready for competition usually more like 6.
7. What is the one thing that keeps you from training some days?
If my body isn't feeling right or I don't have a babysitter or I have to work.
8. Have you ever wanted to quit?
9. What drives you or inspires you to keep training?
It is an amazing outlet for me. Jiu jitsu has helped me to grow as a person in so many ways. I've changed a lot in the last ten years and I am looking forward to the growth to come. Right now is a lot about letting go of judgement and ego and I get to practice that through Jiu jitsu. I also love to inspire others to reap the benefits that Jiu jitsu can bring, especially women.
10. Do you compete? Why or why not?
Yes because it helps me to grow. My game always improves through competition as well as my stamina and strength. I also learn a lot about myself as a person while I am training. I practice being calm under stress, staying in the moment, facing my fears, realizing that the only fear is fear itself, and so much more!!
11. Where do you think the drive inside you to fight comes from? (whether you compete or not)
I am a fighter and I always have been. Before jiu jitsu and in the first several years, I struggled with anger and anxiety. Jiu jitsu is my outlet.
12. What are some of your biggest upsets either in training or competition?
I had a rough time training before the 2011 worlds. I was a little wacked out from hormones and being a new mom. My attitude was out of control and my husband and I were not getting along at all. This was the worst time in Jiu jitsu because my ego was out of control.
13. What are some of your best accomplishments either in training or competition, on or off the mats?
Overcoming anxiety, depression, anger, and deflating my huge ego.
I had my daughter naturally with no drugs.
I also won the 2008 no gi worlds which felt pretty good.
14. What are some of your fears with BJJ?
the only thing to fear is fear itself but sometimes my head/ego gets afraid of injuries and of looking bad in front of others.
15. What do you love about BJJ the most? What do you dislike?
I love connecting with others through grappling, getting the most intense workout ever by rolling for long periods of time, the never ending amount there is to learn, all the lessons that I get to learn and take into my life outside Jiu jitsu and teach to my daughter. I do not like unfair calls in competitions or favoring one team over another. I do not like jiu jitsu politics.
16. What are your future goals with BJJ?
I would like to continue to teach Jiu jitsu and have many more students. I am also planning on competing more in the next year.
17. Did BJJ change your life? How?
Yes. It has given me a passion and helped me to become a woman that I am proud to be
18. Do you have a BJJ practitioner you look up to whether it be male or female?
Chris Haueter, Cindy Omatsu, Glenn and Jocelyn Chang, Helen and Darren Currie, Sophia McDermott Drysdale, Carla Esparza, and really all my training partners and friends on the mat
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?
Well, I really think Jiu jitsu isn't for everybody but you'll never
know unless you try.