“I was out of shape. I had a weight problem as a child and a young adult. I wanted to change that, but I didn’t understand how. I knew I needed to exercise and eat right, but I hated going to the gym. I felt out of place. I knew I needed to do something different. I decided to try martial arts.”
Hello, I’m Jennifer. I’m a professional martial arts instructor and studio owner. This is the story of why I got involved in martial arts and why I’ve stayed with it so long.
I grew up south of Charlotte when it was farms, not suburbs. My first interest in martial arts was sparked watching Wonder Woman on television. I remember being frustrated when my tin foil wrist bands didn’t hold up to my vigorous bullet deflecting practice. There wasn’t much around back then in the way of martial arts studios, and I didn’t start formal training until the fall of 1996. I was 22. I was overweight and overwhelmed. I had a six month old baby daughter. I had been overweight and overwhelmed as long as I could remember and I wanted to change. I was desperate for change. I wanted better for my daughter.