University of Central Florida studying to get a degree in sport and
exercise science to help jiu jitsu athletes. She began jiu jitsu two
years and three months ago, training out of Orlando, FL under the
instruction of Julius Mobley. Kelly trains hard and has plans compete at
Being a full time student, she has only been able to compete at local tournaments due to cost and school. However, she has
big dreams and plans to achieve them!
We are excited to welcome Kelly to Team JAG!
"I began martial arts at the age of 9, and it didn't take long for it to become all I wanted to do. I trained 5 days a week up until the age of 15. When I turned 15 I was offered a job as an assistant instructor. I am still
currently instructing and love what I do. Over the years, however I felt
that I needed something new to spark my interest in training again. My brother in law introduced me to the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have now been training for a little over two years and could not imagine spending my time doing anything other than training. there is a saying "Jiu Jitsu changed my life," and I a true representation of that! I suffered from severe anxiety attacks for over three years. I was put on antidepressant medications that altered my personality. I wanted a way out from the pills, but did not have the ability to mentally calm myself down when I was stressed or in a bad situation. Within only six months of training Jiu Jitsu , I was able to rely of jiu jitsu
instead of my antidepressant medication. Jiu Jitsu has taught me more than just self defense, it has taught me to mentally control my mind, breathing and body when I am in a bad situation, assess the situation and reverse it a better one. Learning this within jiu jitsu has translated into my personal day to day life."
*Kelly has 12 years Martial arts experience!