For the 110th week of "7 QUESTION SUNDAY" we shine the spotlight on another influential individual from the PNW. Madelyn Pursell is a rising star on the PNW youth Jiu-Jitsu shattering glass ceilings and learning life lessons along the way (while wracking up some nice hardware)!
4EVRGRN: Hey, MP! Tell us a little about yourself.
MP: My name is Madelyn Pursell, I have been doing Jiu-Jitsu for 4 years under Professor Arthur Ruff for Ruffhouse Jiu-Jitsu. I love competing and hope in the future to be able to travel around the USA representing the PNW in Jiu-jitsu.
- What made you want to try BJJ?
MP: I was wanting to try martial arts, one of my good friends took me to class with her to try it out. I instantly fell in LOVE!
- What was the hardest move to master?
MP: The hardest move to master would be bow and arrow, which is a choke from back. I feel like it is the hardest move to master since there are so many moves leading up to it.
- How does BJJ help you in your daily life?
MP: BJJ helps get rid of any stress, helps me relax because you roll with the flow. I recommend trying Jiu-jitsu if you are looking to try a new hobby
- What are your goals for BJJ?
MP: Long term to become a black belt! Short term goal is to get a super fight (superfight when you challenge a specific competitor to a single match).
- What are you most proud of so far that you’ve accomplished?
MP: My most proud moment/ accomplishment was when I won double gold for the first time, I was not feeling 100% myself that day. Half way through my day I took a nap. It did not make me feel any better but I pushed myself and won all 6 matches!
- What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t doing BJJ?
MP: I love to read sci-fi or fantasy books. I'm big into exploring new places, I spend a lot of my off time hiking the PNW.
- What advice would you give to another girl wanting to start BJJ?
MP: Never think that just because you are a girl you aren't as fast or as strong as a boy. Never give up even when it's hard, you can achieve anything if you put all of your heart, and hard work into it.
Madelyn is currently accepting sponsorship to help her continue competing and traveling. Follow Madelyn’s feats on Instagram @maddogbjj