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Wendy L. Jarva interviews Izabella “Bellariva” Freezo, SicChíc’s youngest sponsored athlete.
Q & A WITH SICCHÍC’S YOUNGEST SPONSORED ATHLETE—IZABELLA FREEZO AKA “BELLARIVA”
INTERVIEWED BY WENDY L. JARVA
Question: In a few words can you tell us a little about yourself?
Answer: I am an enthusiastic, hardworking 12 year old athlete who aims for perfection in everything I do.
Question: Have you been involved in any other sports other than jiu-jitsu?
Answer: When I was 5 years old I did Vietnamese Combat Martial Arts / WUSHU for about a year. I also played softball for 2 years, it was a lot of fun but I gave it up because Jiu-Jitsu was so important to me.
Question: How did you get involved in jiu-jitsu?
Answer: I watched my 1st UFC fight with my dad when I was 3 years old and I was hooked, he also taught me how to box. My chiropractor referred me to where his son was taking classes so I tried a class and loved it.
Question: You train over at Notorious Mixed Martial Arts in East Rutherford, NJ. You are instructed under black belt—Fiona Watson. How does it feel to be instructed by a high level woman?
Answer: I have been with Fiona 4 years now, watching her receive her black belt was inspiring in so many ways. To be instructed by a black belt woman is an incredible feeling that not many would understand. Fiona’s teaching skills and knowledge have made me the fighter I am, it’s that girl power kind of thing!
Question: How many hours do you train per week over at Notorious MMA?
Answer: I train 6 days a week (12-14 hours) at Notorious.
Question: When your not training Jiu-Jitsu, what do you like to do in your free time?
Answer: When I’m not on the mat at Notorious I’m at home on my mats doing backhand springs and working on my tucks, I’m always doing flips and cartwheels everywhere! I also love to watch DIY’s on YouTube and put my hot glue gun to work.
Question: What are your short term goals and your long term goals?
Answer: Short term goal at this time is training for the kids Pans in February, all my focus is on training hard and being the best I can be when I step onto that mat in California.
Long term goal is my black belt, all the work and dedication I put in now is for that day that Fiona can say to me that I have earned that black belt and have her tie it around my waist.
Question: One of the things I find most impressive about you is that you have asthma, but it never stops you from competing. How do you manage your asthma during competition?
Answer: It took awhile to learn how to manage my asthma. Eating a healthy diet is very important and consistent training helps, the stronger I am physically the less my asthma acts up. No matter how I feel before I step onto the mat before a fight I always use my pump.
Question: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Answer: If you had asked me when I was younger what I wanted to be when I grow up I would have told you a princess, I really thought that I could have been too! Training with Fiona and being at Notorious everyday has me wanting to get a business degree and own my own school.
Question: Anything else you would like to share about yourself?
Answer: School is also very important to me, I’m an honor roll student and I’m in student council. This year I joined the marching band with the high school and been chosen for the 7th/8th grade Jazz band. Drama club is my other love, last year I was Molly in Annie and can not wait to find out what this years play will be.
Question: What does it mean to you to be a #sicchicfighter?
Answer: Being a SicChic fighter means strength and the power to succeed. It’s very special to me because it’s a woman owned company, it’s like the another piece to my Jiu-Jitsu puzzle. I have a woman black belt coach and I have you as my sponsor. It’s an honor to wear your name and represent you.
In a male dominated sport I love being able to say the two most important people to me in this sport are women!
Click the link to watch the video of Izabella at Naga North American on October 31, 2015