Belt Rank: brown belt
Instructor: J Janero
1. What do you do for a living?
Health Fitness Specialist (Certified Personal Trainer/Group Exercise instructor
2. Are you a mom? No. A wife? No. A girlfriend? At times...lol. A sister? Yes! A daughter to awesome parents that let you do Jiu-Jitsu? Yes!
3.Where you a tomboy or a girly-girl growing up? Girly-girl, not athletic at all.
4. Did you grow up doing other sports? Nothing until Muay Thai At 15 years old, which was only for a year.
5. How did you find BJJ? My coach J Janero introduced me to BJJ. He was many years into the sport and had a team of people that practices with him. He showed me how to technically apply a rear naked choke. After seeing that it was not about strength or force, I immediately fell in love with the sport and its concepts.
6. How often do you train? 4-6 days a week
7. What is the one thing that keeps you from training some days? If I commit to training, there's not too much that keeps me from the mat. With the exception of being sick or injured, which in that case I know it's better to rest and recuperate then try and beat my body up some more.
8. Have you ever wanted to quit? Yes and no. There some points where Jiujitsu frustrates me, perhaps I'm not getting a concept or not good at a particular move. I get frustrated, and wonder why I continue to do this. But then unusually find a way to make it work for me, then I'm in love with the sport again. Just like any relationship. :)
9. What drives you or inspires you to keep training? What drives me to keep training is competition. I like being the best. And with the high level of competition out there I see that if I'm ever going to be that, I'm going to have to work very very hard and not sleep on it at all. Because when I'm not training, someone else out there is.
10. Do you compete? Yes! Why or why not? I like the pressure. I enjoy the feeling of winning and the hard work paying off. And in cases of loses, I learn more about me and my game and how I can improve. I see competitions as a good thing, win-win.
11. Where do you think the drive inside you to fight comes from? (whether you compete or not)
I surround myself with a lot of competitive people. These people play a huge part in me always trying to win. Also, my mind set is pretty strong. I think that of someone can do or achieve something, why not me. So I'm always trying to better myself in every aspect of my life.
12. What are some of your biggest upsets either in training or competition? I'm a pretty petite woman, so it's frustrating in practice when I apply perfect technique but my move still doesn't work because some big guy muscles out of it. But it made me find alternative ways to use Jiujitsu for me. So I can't really complain about it.
13. What are some of your best accomplishments either in training or competition, on or off the mats?
I have won many championships from big tournaments like the World championship to smaller local tournament, but my biggest accomplishments are the friends I made from being apart of the sport. I've been so blessed to have met such wonderful people who are a huge part of my life now.
14. What are some of your fears with BJJ? I fear that I'll get injured and not be able to compete and move or flow the way I want to.
15. What do you love about BJJ the most?
I love the endless possibilities to BJJ. There's always development. BJJ now is different then BJJ ten years ago. It's always evolving.
What do you dislike?
I dislike that they change the rules at tournaments every year. It's hard to keep up sometimes.
16. What are your future goals with BJJ? My overall big picture goal is to be a blackbelt World Champion.
17. Did BJJ change your life? Yes! How? In so many ways, where do I begin. Because I was able to accomplish so much in BJJ, that alone shows me that I can really do what I set out to do as long as I put in the hard work. I'm always taking concepts from BJJ and applying them into my daily life. Jiujitsu hasn't only changed my life, but is now my lifestyle.
18. Do you have a BJJ practitioner you look up to whether it be male or female? I look up to many BJJ practitioners, all my coaches: J. Janero, Eduardo rocha, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, Lana Stefanac. Most of all I look up to the successful women BJJ practitioners who are mothers. Who find a way to properly care for their children, train, compete and win. That's inspiring!
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? Being a woman in the lighter weight classes, I'd simply tell her to try it out. If I can do it, you can too. Who knows, you may just find your new passion.
20. Any last thoughts?
Thank you! :)