Belt Rank: White Belt
Time training: 6mo
Coach/Academy: Arthur Ruff/ Ruffhouse Jiu Jitsu
I am the oldest of 3 sisters and a mother of a 6 year old and 4 year old boys. My middle sister and I grew up playing all kinds of sports since that’s how my dad raised us. He taught us how to ride horses, play soccer, play
video games and even bought us toy guns instead of dolls. I played soccer, softball, some volleyball and even did karate for a couple of years when I was younger. Being athletic and competitive was always in my nature.
I have always liked watching MMA, but didn’t know much about it. I started dating my boyfriend when he was a white belt in BJJ. He began telling little about it and what they did in the classes. I thought, “Wow, that’s pretty cool!” but never really crossed my mind to join since I didn’t know very much about it and I was also playing softball and soccer in city leagues at the time.
As time went by, for some reason or another I was not doing any kind of exercise and started feeling a bit depressed because of personal problems. I isolated myself from people and my social life. My boyfriend who was now a purple belt would take me to his gym and I watched him train. I remember seeing the windows of the gym completely fogged up from them training so hard for hours. To me, it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! I became more curious and wanted to learn more about it.
He took me to one of his tournaments for the first time and I was so amazed with how many people were there. There were little boys and little girls, teenager, moms, dads and so many people just to support. I loved watching him compete! I felt proud of him for training so hard. The second time he took me to another tournament, I saw him win the gold medal for his division. The way he beat the guys was just awesome to me. I was so happy to be there to support him! Then we just stayed and watched other fights. We were watching the women fight and he said to me, “You should try it too”, and that’s when it hit me. I remember telling him, “If I’m going to start training, I want you to train me to be a winner!”
I started doing jiu jitsu in the summer of 2012. I remember being so excited when he bought my first Gi, I couldn’t wait to start training. The first day of class was so strange. I had no clue what to do. He was there to help me and show me the basics, but I knew he wasn’t going to be able to be there the rest of the week because he had to work so I felt a bit nervous. The next night I thought about not going and wait for him to go with me again, but I didn’t let that stop me. I showed up for training every day after that. I fell in love with it. I thought, “Where have I been all this time not training BJJ!!” Everyone there was so nice and never hesitated to help me. I liked it so much I started training twice a day. I also started taking my oldest son a week later I started.
I did my first tournament after only training for a little over two months. I was a little nervous, but I was more excited for competing my first time. There was only one girl in my division so it was only going to be a win or lose situation. I lost it. My team mates were telling me I didn’t do that bad, but I knew I had more in me. It only made me want to train more and more.
To this day I try to do it as much as I can, and the days there is no class in the mornings, I go hiking for at least three miles to help with my breathing when I roll. BJJ has helped me to think better, be more focused, definitely release stress and has brought me great friends. I think about it all day long and want to train all the time. Now both my sons train BJJ and enjoy it probably as much as I do. My goal is to one day earn my black belt and still keep training for as long as I can.
Thanks to all my team mates and instructors for helping me and giving me support and motivation and a special thanks to that person who brought Jiu Jitsu for the first time to my life.