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13 year old “macho Camacho” finds inner strength since starting Tiger Schulmann’s Glendale

Last Updated on September 25, 2012.

13 year old “macho Camacho” finds inner strength since starting Tiger Schulmann’s Glendale

By: TSMMA Glendale

My name Is Jennifer Camacho. I first started training at Tiger Schulmann’s when I was 10 years old. My mom told me there was a mixed martial arts school opening and asked me if I wanted to try it out. I said yes and thought it’d be splendid to give it a shot! So my parents took me over to sign me up. As I walked in the school I was amazed to see how cool it looked and wanted to start right then and there. At first I wanted to only learn cool moves and be like, “Oh I know karate so you better watch out” even though I knew that it wasn’t the right way to think.

Before I started mixed martial arts I did gymnastics. I loved it very much until my coach brought down my hopes. I was very good at it and had a bright future but the way my coach taught didn’t inspire me. He constantly picked on me and I guess due to that I lost interest. On the other hand, Sensei Iavarone believes in me and has taught me everything I need to keep confidence in myself and love what I do. He’s been there through all of my challenges and all of my achievements.

One of my biggest accomplishments was getting my black belt on May 1st of 2011. I was 12 years old. Getting there wasn’t easy though. It took me 2 years to get it. I was very dedicated to my training, (hours a day) and gave all my heart into each and every one of my classes.  I am 13 years old now and still have great self-confidence and non-quitting spirit. I really love what I do and I’m proud to be where I am now.

I’ve also made HUGE friendships. I have never had such long lasting and amazing friends like the ones I have connected with from karate. They aren’t just my friends in the school, but now I spent time with them outside of the school too.

TSMMA has made a huge impact in my life. I now know how to defend myself, never quit on anything I attempt and have loads of self-confidence. I couldn’t ask for a better School or Sensei!

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