Elisabeth Clay Looks to the Future and Talks About Her Goals

By Elisabeth Clay

My short term goals are forever growing and changing, because if they aren’t, then I’m not growing and progressing. At least, that is how I look at it.

For now, my big “close” goal is to win ADCC trials 2019 and then ADCC 2019. It would be a huge deal for me to just compete at it. While winning at 19 is not as cool of a goal as it was at 17, it’ll do… haha. Obviously, I have other tournaments before this, but this is definitely the one I really have my eye on.

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Some Things My Mother Taught Me

By Elisabeth Clay

My mother always taught me not to be mediocre. She didn’t care what my siblings or I wanted to do, as long as it was done to the very best of our ability — well, other than football or cheerleading. Those were the two sports we were not allowed to do. But back to what’s important; she never pushed us towards or made us compete in any sport. A lot of people, when I was younger at least, seemed to think my mother was making me do it, or something crazy like that.

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The Biggest Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu Training

By: Elisabeth Clay

Let me tell you about some of the biggest benefits I have found in training jiu-jitsu. To start off, I would like to say that, obviously, I do more than just train jiu-jitsu. It is my entire life and my world revolves around it. It’s how I make money, what I do for fun, my friends are there, it all revolves around jiu-jitsu.

I would also like to say that I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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The Hardest Part of Being an Athlete: Missing My Family

By Elisabeth Clay

Sometimes you have to do things that are hard. I’ve talked about this before but I still think it’s important for me to touch on it again, especially because I’m super homesick and need to talk about it. It’s also important for people to see that it’s not all sunshine and roses; it’s not all easy and perfect, nor will it ever be. But that is the case with everything; nothing is ever going to be perfect no matter what you choose to do in this life. That is something my mother taught me and I will forever love her for it.

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Elisabeth Clay: My Favorite Animal as a Child

I found this paper I had written about mustangs years ago, probably from when I was 12 or 13 (and getting me to write was like pulling teeth). The reasons why I wrote it were:

1. It was for a school assignment

2. I really wanted to get a mustang again and was trying to convince the parents

3. Well, I wanted to post it to give people more information.

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Elisabeth Clay: The Importance of Body Maintenance

The more hours of training my body goes through, the more body maintenance becomes a necessity. Body maintenance comes in many different forms; I have learned this the hard way. If I wait until I am in pain to take care of my body, it takes more work and strain to eliminate pain. It’s better to keep up with frequent body maintenance and not wait for pain to act as a reminder that I need to take care of my body.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to take care of my body while training:

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Elisabeth Clay: Onward to Pans!

So, I am off to California to compete at Pans. This is my first year competing as an adult. Seven athletes will be competing from Legacy or Ares Alaska, joining our brothers and sisters from all over the world in the Ares Association to bring all the fire we can. I am super excited to be at Pans. Whether you are my opponent, a fan, or a competitor, I hope that we can all compete and do our very best.

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