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.


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.


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:


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.


Elisabeth Clay’s 2017 Top 10 Martial Arts Holiday Gifts!

Still looking for that perfect gift for the martial arts enthusiast in your life? Whether they are into MMA, BJJ, Taekwondo or another MA discipline, we’ve got a list of gifts that are perfect for them!

We asked Elisabeth Clay, the IBJJF Worlds and ADCC West Coast Trials (under 60kg) Champion, what she loves to use while training. Below is a breakdown of her favorite products. These gifts are guaranteed to help that special person in your life #TrainWithConfidence!


Elisabeth Clay: The Road to Recovery

Good news (although it’s not as good as I want)! Yes, my knee is coming back, and according to my recovery team, I am doing well. But as usual for me, it is not fast enough…lol. Every day I am stronger and my leg more stable. Every day there is less swelling in the knee, the muscles are calming down and manual therapy is more and more effective. For those who want an idea of what I’m doing to help recover, here it is.