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Team Elite Bjj Fighter Amber Lauren Smallridge Elite Sports

Amber Lauren Smallridge


Full Name Amber Lauren Smallridge
Class Heavyweight
Weight 170 lbs
Height 5’8”
Association RCJ Machado/Voyage


Amber Smallridge is a 29 year old BJJ Blue Belt under RCJ Machado and is an avid competitor in the community. Throughout her 2 ½ years of training she has received numerous gold medals with a high competition submission rate. She loves competing and is working hard every single day to be a world champion in 2019. Amber is extremely passionate about health and fitness and particularly enjoys weightlifting. Aside from being a dedicated “gym rat” she also works full-time as a Radiologic Technologist and loves the patient care aspect. She hopes to be able to train full-time in the future and compete as often as possible.

Accomplishments 2017

- 1st place - Modern Flow Gi - white belt - middle.
- 1st place - IBJJF Chicago Spring Open Gi - white belt - medium heavy.
- 1st place - Toledo Open Gi - blue belt - medium heavy .
- 1st place - Toledo Open Gi – women’s absolute.
- 1st place - IBJJF Chicago Summer Open Gi - blue belt - medium heavy.
- 1st place - Modern Flow Gi - blue belt - medium heavy.
- 1st place - Modern Flow Gi - women’s absolute .
- 1st place - Modern Flow No Gi – intermediate - medium heavy.

Accomplishments 2018

- 1st place - NAGA NoGi – intermediate - medium heavy.
- 1st place - NAGA Gi - blue belt - medium heavy. • 1st place - Modern Flow Gi - blue belt - medium heavy.
- 1st place - Modern Flow Gi - women’s absolute.
- 1st place - Hildegard Gi – advanced- heavy.
- 1st place - IBJJF Orlando Open Gi – blue belt - heavy.
- 1st place - IBJJF Chicago Open Gi – blue belt - heavy.
- 1st place - IBJJF Chicago Open Gi – blue belt - absolute.
- 1st place - IBJJF Chicago Open No Gi – blue belt - heavy.
- 1st place - IBJJF Chicago Open No Gi – blue belt - absolute.
- 1st place - IBJJF Pan Ams No Gi - blue belt - heavy.
- 2nd place - IBJJF Pan Ams No Gi - blue belt – absolute.
- 1st place – IBJJF Cincinnati Open Gi-blue belt-ultra heavy.
- 1st place – IBJJF Cincinnati Open Gi-blue belt-absolute.
- 3rd place – IBJJF No Gi Worlds-blue belt-heavy.
- 3rd place – IBJJF No Gi Worlds-blue belt-absolute.

Q&A Session Between Amber Lauren Smallridge and Elite Sports

Question: What will you suggest to the newcomers?

Answer: Compete as soon as you can. Nothing helps you learn more about yourself and what you need to work on.

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

Answer: Being a fighter means striving to better myself physically, mentally, and emotionally every single day. I work toward getting better no matter what upsets come along the way. Most importantly, learn from my mistakes and keep moving forward.

Question: What are the essential things for the training?

Answer: Constantly work on your weak areas, even if it makes you uncomfortable, it will only make you better….no ego!

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

Answer: Although I may look smaller than most in my division, I have a lot of muscle. I do a lot of weight training aside from my BJJ training.

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

Answer: Set goals and work hard every single day until you achieve them

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

Answer: Anyone! Always room to grow, learn, and get better!

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

Answer: Health and fitness is a main part of my life so my diet year round is pretty clean. I function better this way. If I need to cut a few pounds before a competition I alter my diet a bit, but nothing too drastic.

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

Answer: Just train. Train different scenarios. Have more than one game plan. Know that no matter the outcome, putting yourself out there will only make you better!

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

Answer: I believe it is beneficial to know where your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses are so you can capitalize on them and figure out a game plan.

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

Answer: I truly believe that BJJ is for everyone. Aside from the physical benefits/self-defense aspect, it requires an individual to put ego aside, be vulnerable, and open-minded. Everyone can benefit from this!

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

Answer: Quadruple gold at the IBJJF Chicago Summer Open and winning Pans were both extremely exciting.

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

Answer: Training in martial arts helps practitioners develop leadership skills (confidence, communication, discipline etc.) in a way that no other sport can. As an individual becomes more advanced in BJJ they can begin to pass their knowledge on to newcomers.

Question: What would be your dream fight?

Answer: I would love to do a sub-only super fight against a top level athlete.

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

Answer: I train hard and consistent throughout the entire year and continue that leading up to a competition. My coaches and I do meet up periodically to figure out strategy and anything else we feel I may need to fix before the big day.

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

Answer: It is essential to have high quality gear when competing. It must fit well/not be too loose or tight and must be comfortable.

Question: What should we learn from the legends /or from the seniors?

Answer: They’ve been in the game for a long time and have obtained a wide variety of knowledge over the years; thus anything they want to teach I am all for learning!

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

Answer: My coach Bill Konkel and my husband Steve. They dedicate so much of their time into making me the best BJJ athlete I can possibly be.

Question: Who is your inspiration?

Answer: My team! We all work so hard to get better every single day!



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