Name: Megan Villareal
Belt Rank: Yellow
Academy: Gracie Barra Long Beach
Instructor: Professor Rodrigo Augusto
1. What do you do for a living: I am a 2nd grader at St Cornelius Elementary School. I'm also a pianist and ballet dancer
2. Are you a sister, daughter, etc?: I am a little sister to a brother who also does BJJ and a daughter to a mom who is a piano teacher and baker, and dad who is an LAPD Detective
3. Are you a tomboy or girly girl: I have always been a princess
4. Did you grow up doing other sports? No, but I enjoy playing volleyball and basketball at school and at home, and I also study classical ballet.
5. How did you find BJJ: My daddy brought me to a jiu jitsu school and I wanted to do it.
6. How often to you train: I train 3 times a week and I also help coach the younger kids
7. What keeps you from training BJJ on some days: Sometimes I have piano or ballet recitals and practice and I can't go to class
8. Have you ever wanted to quit: no, never
9. What drives you or inspires you to keep training: I want to get better and I want my black belt
10. Do you compete and why?: Yes, So that I can test my skills against students that are not in my school.
11. Where do you think your drive to compete comes from: When I see other people fight
12. What are your upsets in training or competition: Getting robbed of the gold medal this past weekend.
13. What are some of your best accomplishments in training and competition: Training: Fighting someone bigger than me and doing better / getting my yellow belt. Competition: getting the gold medal for the first time and getting it again at the next competition.
14. What are some of your fears in BJJ: I don't have any right now
15. What do you love about BJJ the most and what do you dislike? Love: My teacher and my coaches. dislikes: HATERS
16. What are your future goals in BJJ: Competing in my first Worlds and Pan-ams, getting my black belt
17. Did BJJ change you life? Yes, I am more confident now in life and when I train. And people think I'm cool because I know BJJ
18. Do you have a BJJ practitioner that you look up to?: Male: My Professor, Rodrigo Augusto Female: Fabiana Borges
19. If a girl was standing outside your academy scared to try BJJ, what would you tell her to make her feel better and try it: I'll tell her to look at the other kids and how they're having fun and I would tell her that I was scared too when I first started.
20. Any last thoughts? TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN!!