Shannon Shomo is a 28 year old blue belt training under Professor Angelo Swimmer at Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu-West in Denver, CO. Martial arts has been a life long passion for Shannon and she started and fell in love with BJJ in 2013. Her passion for it was so strong she left the active duty Air Force to open an academy of her own with her professor and coach Angelo. They both run Colorado BJJ - West where Shannon coaches the kids and fitness classes. Shannon started competing right away and has done over 15 tournaments so far. Injuries and opening the academy put competing in major competitions on hold, but most recently Shannon won bronze in the IBJJF San Jose Open and gold in the Colorado Tournament of Champions.
Q&A Session Between Shannon Shomo and Elite Sports
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: My "second mom", Vicki, who I did martial arts with since I was a young girl. She was always out there crushing it and being smaller or older didn't hold her back and her strength was incredible. She always encouraged me to go after any goal and supported and believed in me as I chased after it. I also highly look up to Leticia Ribeiro. Her dedication to the sport and those around her is unrivaled, let alone her accomplishments that speak for themselves. Finally, my professor and fellow women who train BJJ and pave the path for those that follow.
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: Most of all the community. The community is amazing! You make instant friends where ever you go. My BJJ friends were the ones there for me in my most challenging times. I also love how it challenges you physically and mentally and the challenges you over come in the gym help you overcome any challenge in life.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: Biggest is opening a school with my professor. I've won a couple Colorado State Championships and took Bronze at the San Jose IBJJF open. A couple surgeries and opening the school has put competing on the back burner for awhile, but I'm getting back into it now.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days
Answer: I usually have the same gear every day. Most important is FOOD! I'm always hungry! Water, protein bars, protein powder, honey stinger wafers. I also have my gi, no gi clothes, and workout clothes. Chapstick and lotion since Colorado is so dry. Basic first aid such as ibuprofen, tape, bandaids, nail clippers, hair bands. Finally a lacrosse ball for when I'm really tight.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: This year is to compete in Worlds. In the next 3 years get my purple belt and build a strong kids and women's bjj team. Next 5 years become a PanAms or World Champion.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: 3 years in BJJ. I've been in martial arts since I was 7 years old.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: I train 5-6 times per week. Between teaching and training I'm usually there around 4 hours a day.
Question: To whom you would like to compliment for your success
Answer: My Seniors and all those people whom i learnt to be perfect in my moves.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Love the basic straight arm bar.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Yes! I love training and competition gives me goals to train for and the drive to improve. I work extremely hard and I know it pays off in the end.