Maggie “Moo” Smith
Maggie is a blue belt at Team Tooke in Texas. Maggie played rugby for many years in the United States, Scotland and South Korea, winning Scottish league player of the year in 2011. She didn’t take up Jiu Jitsu until challenged by a rugby team mate to whom she is eternally grateful. When she’s not on the mat or a rugby pitch she can be found in the classroom teaching 9th grade English.
Q&A Session Between Maggie Smith and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: I like the challenge of overcoming obstacles. I’ve always been athletic but Jiu Jitsu was one sport that never came easy to me. I love that I really have to work hard to see the progress that I want. You can’t fake it till you make it in Jiu Jitsu, your skill always speaks for itself.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: My father. I lost him recently but he has always been a driving force in my life to commit myself to the things that I find hard. He motivates me to not quit and most importantly taught me that success doesn’t come from luck, but from our will to make things happen.
Also, my boyfriend and training partner Michael Torres. He is a regular competitor on Texas Submission Hunter and he is the hardest working person I know. He is super technical, has a really tricky guard and I definitely aspire to have Jiu Jitsu like his someday
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: My goals for this year are to compete as much as I can in Gi and No gi, finish my masters degree with A average and take up striking. In 3 years I want to have won my division in Master worlds and adopted a pitbull. In 5 years I want a house big enough to have a mat room, enough vacation time to do the European Championships….and even more dogs!
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: I have been training for 3 1/2 years. 1 year in Korea and the rest in Virginia and Texas.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: When my students don’t have exams (I’m a teacher) 4-5 days a week.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: I won the Houston Open, Brajik Seoul Open and got silver in both Gi and No gi at the New York Open in addition to a bronze medal at Pan Ams
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Single x-guard to leg lock.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sport?
Answer: Hard work, self belief and tons of laundry detergent!
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym?