Belt Rank: Blue
Time training: 1.5 yrs
Academy/Intructor: Seige MMA/Lotus Club/ Andrew Gardineer, Jesus Artesi, Andrew Britten
I started kick boxing about 4 years ago and had an interest in BJJ after watching my then 17 year old son but didn't want to go with the guys, finally 2 other girls and myself gave it a try, they stayed for about 3 months. By then I was hooked! I continued and have been with it for about 18 months now. I trained twice a day EVERYDAY for a good 8 months. I was defiantly over doing it a bit (getting a little run down and a few injuries) but, the dedication soon paid off . 3 months into training I took gold at the Phoenix Open 2011. 5 months in I won the AZ State Championship, during the first 20 seconds of my 1st match I fractured by tibia, tore my meniscus and PCL on my left knee. It was a struggle but I fought through my matches taking gold. This did put me out for 2 months though :( during my time off I spent 4-5 nights at the gym just watching class (not a lot of fun but, I did continue to learn)
Last December my hard work and dedication paid off! I received my blue belt (in just under 11 months) I've since won my 1st tournament as a blue belt. Making me a 2 time Phoenix Open Champion and took Silver at the 2012 State Championship.
My boyfriend is a Brown Belt and an instructor at my gym (the only way I could imagine dating and training Jiu Jitsu-it becomes life consuming) It's nice to be on the same page and understand the frequent and long hours of training. My kids are also involved; My son Tyson is a Blue Belt and my daughter Toriana and son Seth are White Belts. It really helps us to keep the balance of spending family time and training.
I teach an all woman's BJJ class, which has a great following, averages 15 girls a class. I pride myself in training and fighting hard but still being feminine and showing everyone its NEVER too late to start!
I'm ?? Years old (a women never tells) a mom and a Grandma. I work full time at my gym now but, have been an office manager for a dentist for over 14 years.