Yanelisa "Yaniee" Perez

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Full Name Yanelisa Perez
Nick Name Yaniee
Class Middle Weight
Weight 135-140 lbs
Rank Brown Belt
Height 5”2
Association Sheridan Jiu Jitsu
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Biography

Hi, I’m Yanelisa Reyes. I started grappling in 2007 and am currently a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I think BJJ is a beautiful sport, but to me it is primarily a vehicle to live the life I wish to live. A way to create opportunities to see the world, be healthy and meet amazing friends.

I have traveled quite a bit to train, teach and compete. I have coached hundreds and hundreds of grappling and MMA matches in my career. I do jump on the mat myself now and then still, mainly for the experience, to push myself and to set a good example for my students. Finally, and what I personally feel is the most important mental aspect of BJJ is the meditative, spiritual side of it. For those hours, nothing else matters. Problems at work, home, school, nothing. Everything is put on the back burner and the mind is able to reset itself so we can take a fresh stab at those issues tomorrow.

The complete erasure of all the BS that has built up since the last training session is more effective than any medication, substance, drug, therapy I have ever experienced. Being able to lose yourself in as many 5 minute rounds as you can before reality has to set back in.

The complete erasure of all the BS that has built up since the last training session is more effective than any medication, substance, drug, therapy I have ever experienced. Being able to lose yourself in as many 5 minute rounds as you can before reality has to set back in.

Q&A Session Between Yanelisa Perez and Elite Sports

Question: What will you suggest to the newcomers?

Answer: Keep yourself focus and have a positive attitude all the time

Question: What does it mean for you to be a fighter?

Answer: It means everything. That’s my life. That’s the only way of living.

Question: What are the essential things for the training?

Answer: Be positive and respectful

Question: What separates you from every other fighter in your division?

Answer: I always give my best. Whenever I compete I know I leave everything on the mats.

Question: What is the meaning of success in your mind?

Answer: To make my family and team proud.

Question: 6With whom you would like to fight, and why?

Answer: N/a

Question: Is there any difference b/w your common days’ diet and during competition training diet?

Answer: During competition training diet, I don’t eat at night. My last meal is at 5 PM

Question: How does a beginner will prepare for the competition? Any advice for beginners?

Answer: Be humble. You should always know that there is going to be a lot of failure along the way. Life is a struggle. But, as long as you are trying & you will get better.

Question: How is it helpful to have the information about your competitor?

Answer: N/A

Question: Is the martial arts necessary for a common person? How?

Answer: Yes. It’s a stress reliever for common person. It teaches you discipline.

Question: Which moment is memorable for you in your past competitions?

Answer: Winning Worlds after a really bad injury.

Question: How do martial arts help to build a leader?

Answer: Leader are meant to stand out. Leaders are meant to inspire others. If you are training martial arts, you are inspiring other to become independent.

Question: What would be your dream fight?

Answer: Black Belt Absolute division against the best female black belt fighter.

Question: How is the road plan necessary for any competition?

Answer: I just keep pushing myself. Don’t give up.

Question: Do you have any advice for your competitors?

Answer: Have fun during the process. Be consistent.

Question: How much importance has the sports gear in any competition?

Answer: The sport gear is really important since its helps me to feel comfortable during my matches.

Question: What should we learn from the legends /or from the seniors? Who is your inspiration?

Answer: My inspiration from legends like Renzo Gracie or Fabio Clemente is to be positive and to be the best role model.

Question: To whom you would like to compliment for your success?

Answer: All my instructors and coaches during the last years.

Question: Who is your favorite legendary fighter? Why?

Answer: Renzo Gracie. Since he is a very amicable person who loves fighting.