Like every little girl her age, Alyssa Mia Wilson has high hopes and big dreams for when she grows up. She wants to be an actress, or maybe a teacher. She has even considered being an artist. But one thing is for sure, she wants to be a black belt in jiu-jitsu.
The 10-year-old from Los Angeles, California, literally got thrown into the sport.
View slideshow: Alyssa Mia Wilson: 10-year-old Worlds and Pan Ams Champion “She was always a hyper child, wrestling with everybody and climbing on stuff,” said Alyssa's mother, Tanya, 32. “One day, her dad took her to jiu-jitsu and she's been doing it ever since.”
Alyssa started off training under Joao Silva at Aloisio Silva's academy, but it wasn't until she started training under Ali Saleh at A-team Jiu-Jitsu that really made her want to be a black belt.
He helped her find who she was as a jiu-jitsu fighter and helped perfect the competitor she is today. She now trains under the Mendes Brothers at Art of Jiu-Jitsu and is very eager to learn from them. She is the only girl in the kids program, and she also trains with the adults, along with some of the other kids. However, she prefers training with the kids.
Alyssa Mia Wilson: Three-time Worlds and Pan Ams Champion, kids division. Photo credit: Alyssa Mia Wilson “Training with the adults helps me because when I train with kids my size I can do my moves on them, like wrap my legs around them and do triangles. The adults go easy on me so I can work on my moves.”
Alyssa has a rigorous schedule for training. When she isn't being home schooled by her mother, she is at the gym two to three times a day, five times a week. But all the hard work has paid off thus far.
Alyssa is a three-time Worlds Champion and three-time Pan Ams Champion, both in the kids division.
Many of Alyssa's victories have come from defeating boys.
“It makes me feel good when I beat a boy because boys think they can beat girls all the time,” she said. “Some of the boys at my old school were scared of me because they knew I fight boys and win.”
Alyssa, according to her mother, is extremely outgoing. She does not mind the spotlight and the attention, which is evident by her personal appearance, part of her head is shaved on one side.
“She is a unique individual,” Tanya said of her pint-sized athlete.
Alyssa is blazing the trail for her 4 ½ -year-old sister, Ariana, who will start training soon.
Alyssa is also part of the Cage Hero Team, an MMA clothing line that has been known to sponsor kids.
“Whatever I am when I grow up, I want to be the best at it.”
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By: Hansen Sinclair Examiner.com