5 Star Profile: Jessica Arabi, 5 Star’s Most Dedicated Student
Posted on January 15, 2019 in Academy News, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
If you drop in to train at 5 Star Martial Arts in the evening or on Saturdays, there is a good chance you will see Jessica Arabi hitting pads in a Muay Thai Kickboxing class or submitting training partners on the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mats. Through the years, Jessica has been one of our most dedicated and consistent students in both our Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs. Jessica, a Purple Belt in BJJ, has continually tested herself by competing and medaling at some of the biggest competitions in the world including The IBJJF Masters Worlds and the SJJIF World Championships. She also finds time in her busy schedule to serve as a coach in our Kids Martial Arts program. How does she find the time to coach, train, and compete while around her busy schedule as a Validation Engineer. Jessica was kind enough to answer a few questions about her martial arts journey and how she able to find the time to train with her busy schedule.
You train both Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. How did you get started in training martial arts and what were your motivations for getting started?
Martial Arts has been a lifelong journey for me. I was inspired by one of my neighbors as a kid. I would always see him in his Taekwondo uniform. I started with Karate and Taekwondo as a kid but really didn’t start taking it serious until I was in my late teens. I eventually went back to Karate and then Taekwondo. Martial arts has always had an influence in my life and I appreciate what every art has to offer.
What is your regular weekly martial arts and exercise routine during the week?
I train both Muay Thai and BJJ during the week plus BJJ on Saturday. I also go to the regular gym and work on my cardio.
What are your keys to success in maintaining such a busy career and training schedule?
Consistency is key for me. At minimum my goal is to train 3 times a week. I keep mentally focused on the primary goal even while I’m at work. With a busy schedule it may not be possible to train 5 to 6 times a week or twice a day. While I’m away from the gym I study movements and drills. During my break at work I take a 20 minute walk and do sets up pushups. I’m constantly keeping active when I’m away from the gym this way I’m mentally prepared by the time I train. I train as much as possible when I can as my schedule permits.
What have been the most rewarding aspects and moments you have had from training martial arts at 5 Star Martial Arts?
It has been an amazing journey training at 5 Star Martial Arts. I thought I was in shape until I started training at 5 Star. I couldn’t ask for a better place to add to my martial arts journey as an adult.
Training at 5 Star has molded and shaped me into a wiser and stronger person both mentally and physically. It has also helped me outside of training in my job and relationships. In my profession I have to make quick decisions on the spot with aggressive deadlines to meet. Training keeps me focused, energized and aware.
I appreciate all the amazing seminars that 5 Star has to offer and the flexible schedule that goes perfect with my busy lifestyle.
I also appreciate the sense of community. I’ve met so many amazing people that are not only my training partners but friends as well.