Belt Rank: Purple
Academy: Gracie Barra
Instructor: Carlos Gracie Jr.
1. What do you do for a living?
I went to school for advertising but today I spend my time at Gracie Barra Mission Viejo as a program director and BJJ coach with my brother Kayron.
2. Are you a mom? A wife? A girlfriend? A sister? A daughter to awesome parents that let you do Jiu-Jitsu?
Yes, I am a daughter. BJJ has been passed from Father to daughter throughout the generations in my family.
3.Where you a tomboy or a girly-girl growing up?
A girly-girl but I've always liked sports!
4. Did you grow up doing other sports?
Yes! I used to swim and play volleyball when I was younger. I've been always excited to practice as many sports as I can! I love to learn new things specially when it involves moving my body and exercising. Now, besides BJJ I've been wanted to improve my surfing skills.
5. How did you find BJJ?
Through my family. My Dad thought It was important for me as a little girl to know how to defend myself and be confident.
6. How often do you train?
At least 4 times a week.
7. What is the one thing that keeps you from training some days?
8. Have you ever wanted to quit?
Never. Sometimes I may get frustrated if I don't do well at training but that actually motivates me to learn more and do better next time.
9. What drives you or inspires you to keep training?
Living the BJJ lifestyle. My family legacy and the friends I've gained on the mats is very inspiring for me. I believe in what the benefits of training Jiu-jitsu will bring into your life. Living a healthier life, being fit and confident person, and learning how to deal with adversity are just among the few. Training jiu-jitsu will not only improve your health but it will also add so much to your character. I live to spread Jiu-jitsu to as many people as I can and that for me is very rewarding.
10. Do you compete? Why or why not?
I've never competed in BJJ but I've done other competitions like swimming and volleyball when I was younger. I have also ran marathons before. I feel like I have had the competition experience already in other sports, but part of me is still is curious for competition in BJJ. I'm at a time in my life that I am unable to dedicate full time to prepare myself to a BJJ competition because that would have to became my main job. I prefer to give my contribution to the BJJ community by focusing in sharing my knowledge and working to improve the lives of others through Jiu Jitsu
11. Where do you think the drive inside you to fight comes from? (whether you compete or not)
For me drive comes from the heart and a persons desire to be a better person.
12. What are some of your biggest upsets either in training or competition?
When a training partner lacks sportsmanship or if a person insists in using too much strength versus working on improving their technique and end up hurting somebody. Jiu-jitsu It's about helping each other, you can not train alone.
13. What are some of your best accomplishments either in training or competition, on or off the mats?
As a coach being able to affect positively the lives of others.
14. What are some of your fears with BJJ?
I'm very girly so my worries are more toward messing up my hair, getting bruises, cauliflower ears, or getting injured but all of that can be avoided if you have the proper training environment.
15. What do you love about BJJ the most? What do you dislike?
That besides being a great workout for your body, it works your mind as well. You feel like you never stop learning and it is very mentally stimulating. I also love the friendships that you gain on the mats. The atmosphere and environment of BJJ creates happiness and that makes it fun to share with your friends. The only thing I dislike about BJJ is a stinky GI.
16. What are your future goals with BJJ?
To continue the legacy by training and teaching at Gracie Barra I have also been working to improve the women's program and bring more women to the BJJ community.
17. Did BJJ change your life? How?
I grew up in it so It's hard to separate things before and after. However, I can say that after I started to train regularly I became more fit and confident to deal with stressful situations in my life.
18. Do you have a BJJ practitioner you look up to whether it be male or female?
Yes, My father. He's a great example of living the Jiu-jitsu lifestyle. He still trains regularly at age 57. He is fit and eats healthy. He is a humble guy that cares a lot for his family, friends, students and all people in general. He is always trying to help and be a positive influence for everyone around him.
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 smile and say "If I can do it you can do it".