Girls in Gis Podcast

GIG: Next Generation w/ Anabell Kline

March 25, 2023 Girls in Gis Season 4 Episode 17
Girls in Gis Podcast
GIG: Next Generation w/ Anabell Kline
Show Notes

This week, Shama sits down with 17 year old blue belt Annabell Kline!

She trains under Ray and Rachel Casias at Tennessee Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, a Zenith affiliate. She began her Jiu Jitsu journey at the age of 14, with the intention to learn a form of self defense alongside her younger brother, who had been getting bullied in school. After a few short months training, she discovered her true passion and increased her training regimen in preparation for future competitions. After going undefeated at white belt, Annabell moved through the belt ranks fairly quickly, earning her grey and yellow belts within a year, winning Kids International at grey belt in 2019. The year 2020 marked the beginning of the Covid pandemic, which sidetracked Annabells training regimen, focing a year off from in-gym training.

Following her return to the gym in 2021, Annabell quickly obtained her green and blue belts, placing 3rd in the 2021 Pan American and Jiu Jitsu Con Championships, only one short month after earning her blue belt. She went on to place 2nd in the 2022 Pan American Championship. In addition to success on the competition circuit, Annabell is also an accomplished instructor. She began coaching the TBJJA kids classes at green belt and was taking over as lead instructor by the time she hit blue belt.

She is now the lead instructor for the kids conditioning and competition classes, creating intense conditioning regimens for the serious competitors. She loves sharing her knowledge and passion for Jiu Jitsu with the next genration of practitioners. In her own words, “Seeing these kids grow and become not only amazing athletes, but amazing people, brings me so much pride and joy”. Annabell is known for her technical proficiency in Jiu Jitsu, along with her humble and respectful demeanor both on and off the mat, earning her the respect of her peers and students alike.

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