Featured Fighter: Sarah Caroline Smith
Sarah is an avid jiu jitsu competitor, she loves the sport tremendously and very passionate about it. We wanted to feature her because her attitude and passion is what we love to see about Jiu Jitsu and what we love to share with the world. Sarah is someone that you always enjoy seeing at competition, on like off the mats. Here is More about her:
GP: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in BJJ?
SC: My name is Sarah Caroline Smith, I am 26 years old from Parry Sound approx. 3 hours north of Toronto. I am a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I grew up loving sports such as ice hockey, volley ball and soccer. I got into BJJ just before I moved to Oakville while pursuing my passion of personal training. I was on on my break at work and a youtube commercial came on about Ronda Rousey. I saw her fight Tate and I was like I should be doing that! I took about 3 months to settle into city life then I went on my journey to find a place to train. I started on April 15, 2013 and I have been hooked ever since. I started doing bjj and muay thai fighting it has been a blast.
GP: How has BJJ, impacted your life, please explain?
SC: BJJ has made such a positive impact in my life! I found something that I am crazy about and I want to train every day. For me this was a big deal, my mom always was on my case for me doing everything for one year then quitting due to lack of entrust. With BJJ I always have so many things to work on I haven’t got bored yet! The one thing that really puts BJJ at another level for me is the amazing relationships on and off the mat. They really became my family, I am grateful for each person I have met through BJJ . BJJ has also helped me to focus on what is important to me, since I started it really has taken over my world. I go on the mat and all of my stress is gone.
GP: You are starting to make some noise as a competitor from Toronto and even on the international circuit. How would you define yourself as a competitor?
SC: I am trying to be the best competitor I can be. I am putting my heart and soul into every fight. I would love to turn this into a career one day. When I go to the local or international tournaments I talk to everyone as I know I will see these people again and honestly it is great to build relationships with amazing jiu-jitsu competitors near or far, I truly respect my fellow brothers and sisters who do this amazing art.
GP: What has competing done for you?
SC: It has made me a stronger person. It has shown me how powerful my mind really is and how far I can push myself. I use it to see where my strengths and weaknesses are so that I can get better and train more effectively. I also get to practice what I have learned and get to work my techniques with people who are my size. I am use to fighting guys all the time and it is great but it is nice to compete against females of my caliber and size.
GP: Speaking of competition, how was your experience at the world championships that just passed?
SC: It was a amazing experience I got a bronze medal and made my team and professor proud. I have been doing this for just over a year now and to have the opportunity to go again the best in the world is amazing. It was a dream come true. I learned a lot about my game and what I will need to focus on for my training. This is just a starting point, I am like a dog with a bone. I will keep coming until I get what I want(A gold medal at worlds in Blue, Purple, Brown and Black belt!).
GP: What do you feel separates you from the rest of the competitors?
SC: Well I would have to stay my determination to win and improve, I do not give up when I’m put in a bad position in life or in jiu-jitsu. I keep fighting until the last second and I take every bad situation as a learning experience to be the best person I can be. I believe in myself I know I can do anything I put my mind to, I find this helps me to compete at a high level.
GP: What are some of your goals?
SC: Some of my long term goals are learn to play a guitar, improve my french skills, own my own business, get a dog, win worlds next year, to constantly learn and improve my BJJ and to eventually receive my black belt,
GP: When is the next tournament you plan to compete in?
SC: I am thinking on the local scene it would be Grappling Industries or the upcoming Five Tournament. International tournaments would be the no gi worlds in September if all goes well.
GP: Is there anyone you would like to thank before we close this interview?
SC: My Professor Marco Costa, My Team Body Of Four, Brian Beauchamp, Amir Yafawi, Peter Constantine, Patrick Buckley, All my training partners and everyone who supported me to go to worlds Thank you for your support!