Age:12 years old
Time Training: 4 years
Instructors: Chris Milton and Randy Steinke
I started this sport 4 years ago simply because my Dad wanted me to be more than just a cheerleader. I went to practice even though I didn't want to. I slowly started to compete and loved it more and more each time. 4 years later I'm now the one reminding my grandma (who takes my brother and me to practice nearly everyday) hour before we have to leave that we have to get going. This has done has amazing things for confidence when I was being bulled by a teacher. Now, I am surrounded my amazing women in the sport such as Maria Henderson, Just a Girl founder Leslie Rials and our own Lisa Pages. I hope one day I can give back to the sport like they have.
1. What do you do for a living? Student
2. Are you a mom? A wife? A girlfriend? A sister? A daughter to awesome parents that let you do Jiu-Jitsu? a daughter of an awesome parent that let me do Jiu-Jitsu
3.Where you a tomboy or a girly-girl growing up? Both
4. Did you grow up doing other sports? Competitive cheer for 5 seasons before making the complete transition to BJJ
5. How did you find BJJ? My younger brother actually started training, due to his asthma he is not able to do a lot of sports outside and my dad figured since I was there watching that I should try it. I did and ended up loving it.
6. How often do you train? 6 days a week
7. What is the one thing that keeps you from training some days? School (homework) and when I get sick
8. Have you ever wanted to quit? I have adopted quitting to not being a part of my vocabulary.
9. What drives you or inspires you to keep training? When I asked head Coach John Crouch if I could join the teen class at age 11 he asked my three goals for training without thinking I told him I want my Blue belt the day I turn 16, a spot on the fight team the day I turn 18 and my Black belt before I turn 30.
10. Do you compete? Why or why not? Yes, I compete. I love the rush that I get when I compete that I have to stop the person that is in my way of getting what I want and I want the top of the podium.
11. Where do you think the drive inside you to fight comes from? (whether you compete or not) My main drive inside me is that I cannot let my brother finish higher than me.
12. What are some of your biggest upsets either in training or competition? Last summer (2013) I had to end my training for the State Tournament since I got sick because I got to dehydrated. I was so mad at my mom but understood where she was coming from.
13. What are some of your best accomplishments either in training or competition, on or off the mats? My first tournament was at State just 8 weeks of finish my final Cheer season and off the mat I tested into high for the 2013-2014 school year but due to some issues with the staff I changed schools and completed 8th grade in 5 months.
14. What are some of your fears with BJJ? I have been dropped from 12 feet in the air, finished the routine and just has a mild sprained ankle and due to that I have no fears.
15. What do you love about BJJ the most? What do you dislike? I love the fact that I can control how far I go and dislike the fact that parents will sandbag their kids just so their child does not have know the feeling of losing.
16. What are your future goals with BJJ? With the exception of above I want to go into the UFC and become a Champion there.
17. Did BJJ change your life? How? Yes it has. Even though I have done other sports BJJ has given me the confidence that I can do anything and everything that I want to do as long as I have the desire and the mind set to do so.
18. Do you have a BJJ practitioner you look up to whether it be male or female? I look up to my Coach John Crouch and Just a Girl Owner and I consider her one of my coaches Leslie Rials.
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? Don’t be scared. You can’t be scared of something that you don’t try and I will even roll with you the entire time.
20. Any last thoughts? Girls BJJ has come a long away but we also have some amazing people that have helped us along the way. There are little girls that are watching us and want to do what we do so now we are helping them along the way.