Our rising star Alyssa Wilson has always been a household name in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world. Her age never stopped her from putting on a show every time she competed. This year, she began a new journey when she did tournaments in the adult blue belt division. She's done 7 tournaments so far this year, winning the gold for 5 of them, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. This might seem a lot for the normal competitors, but for Alyssa, she thought this was taking a step back from the tournament scene. She did this because she wanted to focus more on training and conditioning to prep herself for the new obstacles she's about to face in the adult division. Alyssa is aware that she needs to become stronger mentally and physically in order to step up her game, so she's being wise about what she chooses to do. Even so, she's very proud and confident because she trains in a well-rounded academy. Alyssa trains under Professor Leo Vieira in Checkmat Los Angeles. Now that she knows how capable she is in competing in various divisions, she takes advantage of having the opportunity to train and learn different games from black belts such as: Pati Fontes, Marcelo Mafa, and Lucas Leite. And because she discovered different grip strengths of her new opponents, Alyssa made the decision to condition every morning in an athletic training program to improve her agility and strength.
Another new journey Alyssa is about to partake in is high school. She's very excited to see what new challenges she'll be taking on as she enters the 9th grade. For Jiu-Jitsu, she only sees this as a new learning and growing opportunity. She continues to carry a positive outlook in the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, making friends with her opponents and finishing every fight with a smile, win or lose. Aside from her goal of earning her black belt one day, Alyssa is looking forward to traveling and competing. And although she knows that this new journey is going to be a very long one, all she really plans to do is to accomplish more and experience new things before she's able to compete on the blue and yellow mats of the IBJJF Pans and Worlds tournaments as a proud black belt. That will for sure be the day and we'll be behind our young lady all the way through!