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Theresa Stitzel

Specialties: Jiu Jitsu

Stow, OH

Current Rank:

What year did you start training?

How did you get started?
When my daughter was 5 years old she wanted to try karate, so naturally I put her in Jiu Jitsu. And after watching her do it, I decided I should try it. Little did I know I would fall completely in love with it.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered in your training, and how did you overcome it?
I am not a big person so most people I train with are bigger than me. Which can get frustrating sometimes. So I had to find a way to use my lack of size to help my game. And learn how to be good in the spots I end up in a lot. So yes, I love playing guard.

What’s your favorite thing about training or teaching, and why?
I love everything about training. The constant learning and growing. But teaching has been a newer passion of mine. I absolutely love seeing the light bulb turn on and watching my students grow. And seeing my couple stripe white belts helping the newer teammates. The love and sense of family that is shown on the mat is amazing.

What are your personal goals on and off the mat?
On the mat, just constantly learning and working on perfecting the things I already know. And growing with Easton. Off the mat I have two little girls, so working to be the best mom I can be. Showing them what it looks like to care for others while you care for yourself.

What’s something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I did an Ironman in 2008.

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