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    "Don't take life for granted; we were put here for a reason, go explore and find your reason! 
     

    I live in Irvine, CA and train at Lotus Club Jiu Jitsu under my husband Giva Santana,I grew up in Redding, CA  

    What’s your favorite thing about Jiu Jitsu?
    I love that it forces us to face every one of our emotions, insecurities, strengths, and weaknesses. There is no hiding, no being 'fake', it shows the truth in everybody. You can tell a lot about a persons character by the way they roll!
    What is your favorite cheat meal?
    I have never had a "cheat day"... I've always just eaten healthy and in moderation... when I feel like having a few chips, a glass of wine, or a scoop of ice cream, I do it. 
    I have been strictly plant-based (vegan) for the past 2 months, and I have absolutely no cravings for anything "bad" anymore, so I guess all of my nutrients are met now.
     If you’re not training, what do you do?
    I am a registered nurse. I'm a pretty simple human, I just love spending time with my husband and our 2 dogs! I love the beach in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. I plan to study more Portuguese to better communicate with the in-laws. I just started learning to play piano, and I will be continuing my education online soon for my Masters degree in Nursing.
    "Don't take life for granted; we were put here for a reason, go explore and find your reason! 
    "Don't take life for granted; we were put here for a reason, go explore and find your reason! 
    "Don't take life for granted; we were put here for a reason, go explore and find your reason! 
    Who is your Jiu Jitsu Idol?
    Female: Michelle Nicholini and Hannette Stack
    Male: Giva Santana :)
    "Don't take life for granted; we were put here for a reason, go explore and find your reason! 
    "Don't take life for granted; we were put here for a reason, go explore and find your reason! 
     What’s your favorite submission?
    Armbar  
    "Don't take life for granted; we were put here for a reason, go explore and find your reason! 
     Where do you see yourself in ten years?
    Still competing and hopefully inspiring people that it is possible to succeed at multiple passions in life, especially women, you CAN do it all ---> don't limit yourself to just being just an athlete, stay at home mother, or working professional! I want to train, compete, travel the world with my husband, work on an advanced education to progress in my career, raising our kids, spend quality time with family and friends, and keep setting bigger and better goals in every aspect of my life!
    "Don't take life for granted; we were put here for a reason, go explore and find your reason!