What year did you start training?
Nov. 20, 2014
How did you get started?
In 2014, my sister was being bullied, so I came in to Easton with her to take her first class. I fell in love with the gym and ended ted? up joining. I loved the fact that it was practical, that I could use it in real life. Plus it gave me a healthy outlet. I immediately saw the benefits of training, I lost 30 pounds in my first month of training just fundamentals Jiu Jitsu. After that I really found a family and a home at the gym, so it kept me wanting more. The first time I trained live, I realized Jiu Jitsu would always be a part of my life. I realized I could take control of any situation and that I could push myself to not give up. It was something that I had never known how to do before so I liked seeing that part of myself.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered in your training, and how did you overcome it?
Training and learning is one of the hardest things to me right now. I can’t seem to find time to take the technique part of the class, ever since I started teaching more. But is a sacrifice I’m happy to give for my students. I still need to figure out how to overcome this.
What’s your favorite thing about training or teaching, and why?
Teaching is the best part of my day. Kids make me realize how much fun we should have while we learning and training. This is something I apply in my classes, and when I’m been part of one as well.
What are your personal goals on and off the mat?
I would love to compete in Pan Ams and Worlds one day to see what my full potential is. I want to create an environment that sets the students up for success. I want the students to continue coming until they reach their black belts because they love it so much. Professors Amal, Eliot, Mike, Shae and Combs are some of my role models, and what I admire the most about them is that though they are formidable Jiu Jitsu players, they’re also some of the nicest, most inviting people I have ever met, and they have devoted their lives to making a difference in the lives of others, and I wantn 1775 to be like them one day.
Jiu Jitsu means everything to me. It is my way of life, I use the lessons I have learned in the academy every day. The people in the academy are my family. I don’t know where I would be without Easton. Life is hard, it will put you down, but what I have learned in Jiu Jitsu is that giving up won’t help and won’t make me better. So the biggest lesson I have taken away from Jiu Jitsu is that I have to continue to fight through every hard situation, because eventually I know I will come out on top as long as I don’t give up.
What’s something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I love dancing salsa, bachata, and outdoor sports.