She is FIERCE!
Given her name, it’s not surprising Amelia Shakespeare has a flair for action and drama. She sings, does jiu jitsu and enjoys performing. But little would anyone know this lively 8-year-old underwent reconstructive urologic surgery, improving her quality of life and allowing her to get back to being a kid.
“Amelia is very active and doesn’t let anything stop her,” says Robbie
Shakespeare of her daughter. “The surgery made it possible for her to stay that way and do the things she likes to do.”
Amelia has spina bifida occulta...which is a milder form that usually has no side effect. She however is completely incontinent and has to catheter several times a day to empty her bladder. She is so tough and all the surgery and medical stuff has made her super tough. As soon as she was able to start an activity which was Feb of 2012 she started at Guerrilla JiuJitsu under Dave Camarillo.
JAG has signed Amelia on as a Sponsored Athlete, We feel like Amelia is not only awesome at Jiu Jitsu (she's a grey belt btw...) she is an inspiration to us all! We're really excited to have her as part of Team JAG!
If you want to learn more....this is a link to her story: