We are very privileged to have some spectacular people at Fighting Arts Collective. Every month we will share one of their stories.
Meet Liliana C…Massage Therapist, Mom and Warrior at Zirger Academy of Martial Arts
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I have always had a passion for being part of the health care community to be able to help people live a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle. I am constantly looking to learn new skills and develop a greater understanding of the human body and how it works. I have a very active lifestyle and besides work, I love to train. I love to challenge myself physically and mentally. I want to have a strong mind in a healthy body. I want to motivate people and most of all, to be a good role model to my children.
What made you decide to study martial arts?
I started taking private pad drill classes with my instructor Shawn at Zirger Academy two years ago and at first, I did it to get fit. Now I also participate in conditioning classes three times a week since 2012. Martial Arts fascinates me. Everyone knows about the physical changes martial arts can make, but it goes beyond that. Martial arts has changed me physically and spiritually. I have experienced life differently. I have learned that every action I take is important and it has tested my determination and limits.
I basically started martial arts classes to get fit. Now, it’s about helping me step out of my comfort zone to push myself to new limits, to excel, to be sharp, and focused, and to never give up.
What is your favorite thing about the school?
My favorite thing about this school it its energy. People here inspire each other, help each other so that it’s not about competition, but rather a place to grow, to learn to work together, to improve, and most of all – to enjoy, recharge, and have fun.
You recently fought in the Throwdown. What was that like?
In January 2014, I participated in my first Throwdown. It was a great experience because it helped me to step out of my comfort zone. I had a chance to fight with more experienced martial artists and by doing that, I learn that fighting is not about winning or losing, but about control and lots of respect towards the other fighter.
I would like to end by giving thanks to my instructors for believing in me, inspiring me, and guiding me to reach my future goals.