Rank: Brown Belt
Academy: Standard BJJ
Why do you do Jiu Jitsu and how did you get started?
Uhh… Okay, I started training shortly after college in 2013. I played volleyball in college and I snowboarded through the winter months. But once I finished school there weren’t any local volleyball leagues and there wasn’t nearly enough snowboarding. So, clearly I needed a hobby.
I had also just started working at a psych hospital and I was thinking maybe I should learn a little self-defense. Anyways these two things led me to an academy called Ryoma in Frostburg MD.
Once I started training I quickly realized I wasn’t going to be able to stop. I fell in love with technique and being in flow. There are few sports that I found that demand your complete attention like Jiu Jitsu does (can’t be thinking about daily stresses while somebody’s trying to choke you.) Mostly I do Jiu Jitsu because it so much fun!
Where do you see your Jiu Jitsu journey taking you?
Already Jiu Jitsu has taken me on countless road trips and many flights around the country to compete and train. I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. I love the traveling, training, learning from new people, competing, and when I’m at my gym teaching. I hope to continue at my current pace and with the same focus.
IBJJF Pan American, Irvine CA- 3rd Female Blue Belt Medium Heavy, 3rd Blue Belt Absolute
American Grappling Challenge, WV- 1st Female Blue Belt Heavy Gi, 1st Female Blue Belt Heavy Gi Absolute, 1st Female Blue Belt Nogi Absolute
IBJJF New York Open- 1st Female Blue Belt Heavy, 1st Blue Belt Absolute
IBJJF Nogi Pan American- 1st Female Blue Belt Heavy, 1st Blue Belt Absolute
IBJJF Charlotte Open- 1st Female Blue Belt Heavy, 1st Blue Belt Absolute
IBJJF NoGi Worlds - 2nd Female Blue Belt Heavy, 2nd Female Blue Belt Absolute
Good Fight, Baltimore MD- 1st in weight class (no absolute)
NAGA, Virginia Beach VA- 1st in weight class
IBJJF New York Open, New York City- 1st Female Blue Belt Medium Heavy, 2nd Blue Belt Absolute
IBJJF New York Pro, New York City- 1st Female Blue Belt Medium Heavy, 2nd Blue Belt Absolute
2013 (White belt)
Grapplers Quest, Morristown NJ- 1st in weight class, 1st in absolute
ADCC, WV- 1st in weight class, 1st in absolute
West Virginia State Games- 1st in weight class, 1st in absolute, 3rd in Men's 165lb division
Good Fight, College Park MD- 1st in weight class, 2nd in absolute