Brazilian jiu jitsu attracts such a diverse group of people I am always interested to hear my teammates’ stories. My interview with Kelly Pittman is part of a series of student profiles I will be presenting for Halifax Titans Women’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I think Kelly is one of those silent but deadly types. She quietly joined our BJJ class, has attended regularly and is making great progress. She’s always a challenge to roll with and I look forward to watching her game evolve. It’s been my pleasure to train with her and I’m pleased to share her story with you.
Sally: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do, are you a mother, wife, daughter, social butterfly, etc?
Kelly: I grew up in Lower Sackville. I work with high power FM transmitters (the kind at radio stations) and I am the only female in my department. I am not married but I have been with my partner for nine years. I enjoy classic sci-fi films and photography.
Sally: What inspired you to try Brazilian jiu jitsu?
Kelly: I wanted to learn a form of martial arts for fun and exercise. Your class was one of two women-only-beginner classes I could find. I had heard of Brazilian jiu jitsu but didn’t know what it was until I looked it up and it was the clear winner.
Sally: Have you played sports or trained in other martial arts before joining Titans Women’s BJJ?
Kelly: The only martial art I ever “trained in” was Karate for a few classes when I was about ten. I did play softball for twelve years and was on school badminton and curling teams. I curled for about ten years and it was the only sport I played competitively. I played tackle football for one season and hockey is still on my list to try.
Sally: What do your family and friends think about your new activity?
My friends and family don’t know much about BJJ but they think it’s good that I’m learning self-defense while having fun and getting exercise.
Sally: How does BJJ fit into your lifestyle and schedule?
Kelly: My schedule has changed a few times over the last year as I was recently a student (that took up 60+ hours per week) and changed jobs twice. Now that I am working a regular Monday to Friday job, BJJ fits nicely.
Sally: Who is your favorite athlete or fighter and why?
Kelly: I only recently started watching fights. I’ve always watched sports but have never been a super fan of any one team or athlete. If I had to choose: Clara Hughes who won multiple Olympic medals in multiple sports.
Sara: What has been your favorite technique so far?
Kelly: I am not sure if the technique has a name: Getting the back from mount because when you can get it, it’s satisfying .
Sally: What are your goals in BJJ? For example, are you there to get in shape, meet new people, compete?
Kelly: I joined to learn something new, have fun and exercise. My new goal is to be able to roll with more flow and have a few moves from each position.