Martial Arts Kelowna – Spotlight Story

Martial Arts Kelowna – Spotlight Story

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Hanna’s Martial Arts Journey

Hanna started training martial arts with us when she was 8 years old, she is 16 now and just received her blue adult belt. To watch her transition from a young girl to a powerful woman has been amazing to watch. Her story speaks for itself:

 

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“Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners.”
—William Shakespeare

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Before Jiu Jitsu, I was a shy little flower.
You’d say hello to me, and I’d be too nervous to say hello back. Casual
conversation was a feat at the time. And then I started training.
My Jiu Jitsu journey started when I was eight. My father told me to pick a Martial
Art, and I chose Brazilian Jiu Jitsu—purely because in Iron Man 2, the Black Widow had
an excellent display of Jiu Jitsu techniques without a curl out of place, and I aspire to be
like that.

I’m still working on the perfect hair bit, however, when I started at Pacific Top
Team Martial Arts, I found another family. Many people have been there to watch me grow up from
that shy little girl, into a confident young lady.

There have been many ups and downs throughout the years;

as I said, Jiu Jitsu is a journey. It is a mental one, and a physical one. It can be hard at times—I have literally
poured my blood, sweat, and tears into this sport, all to come out stronger on the other
side. Through Jiu Jitsu, I have grown stronger both mentally and physically. Jiu Jitsu is a
melding of both the mind, and the body, and it creates a beautiful dance when the two
work together. So much so, that it is my daily meditation. Jiu Jitsu allows for your stress
to quiet until all you can see is the perfect synchronization of a technique, and the way
your brain anticipates, and your body reacts.

There is a certain confidence in my steps now, and a strength to the way I hold
myself. I can attribute that all to the martial art Jiu-Jitsu.

But it’s not just about the Jiu Jitsu journey. It’s about your journey. When I was
eleven years old, I learnt I had scoliosis. My spine is curved in an S-shape; the thoracic
part of my spine rounds to the right, while my lumbar curves to the left. Scoliosis is
primarily idiopathic, which means its cause is unknown. The doctors have told me I should
be wearing a hard-brace that forces my spine straight all day, every day. Or, the other
option is to have spinal surgery, with a stainless steel rod bolted to my spine. I do not
accept that. If I had accepted that, I would not be able to train. I would not be able to
dance with a fierceness in my heart, because the surgery limits your ability to move.
My love for Jiu Jitsu has kept my muscles strong, so I can carry myself as straight
as possible. My love for Jiu Jitsu has kept me healthy, in so many more ways than one.

So I thank Pacific Top Team Martial Arts, and everyone who has coached me to where I am
today.

Before Jiu Jitsu, I was a shy little flower.

You’d say hello to me, and I’d be too nervous to say hello back. Casual conversation was a feat at the time.

After Jiu Jitsu, I am a confident young woman.

Come say hello to me at the Pacific Top Team Martial Arts.
front desk on Fridays, or on the mats when I am coaching, or training 🙂

I’m more than happy to talk Jiu Jitsu techniques, or maybe even debate the Oxford comma.

Not to be cliche, but… “Jiu Jitsu saved my life.”

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