I took Tae Kwon Do all my life, but when I got to college, things got real. I realized for self-defense, I was unprepared to go to the ground, where most assaults end up. My university had a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club, and that caught my attention. I tried out one class, but my semester was very busy while I was still training Tae Kwon Do. My TKD instructor brought in another instructor who was well versed in grappling, Muay Thai, and Army combatives. I was hooked on the ground fighting and entered my first local tournament with maybe two weeks of solid experience altogether. I tapped out due to armbar, but this random guy who showed up at the tournament, who displayed great jiu jitsu, ended up visiting our TKD school. He was offered to teach his jiu jitsu after the other instructor left. This guy, Jae McIntosh, has been my instructor ever since. He later turned the university's club into an academy, and this is now where I teach Women's Classes. His passion and dedication for teaching and wanting others to excel has led me to placing in every single one of my tournaments since my first and finding the confidence to lead others to the martial art and sport of Jiu Jitsu!!
What was Jessica's highest point and lowest point in her BJJ career? Highest point was getting my blue belt and getting 2nd in IBJJF Atlanta Open.
Lowest point was my years as a white belt because I was the only female, so I felt like I was constantly struggling in class to keep up with the males. My instructor kept me focused, and we pushed to get more women in our school. Now we have a women's class taught by me!