Havana’s journey into jiu jitsu began in the spring of 2014, when she saw a sign for a free martial arts class. Havana didn’t even know what jiu-jitsu and kickboxing was, but she knew she wanted to give it a try. After taking a class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class she knew it was for her. Coach Daren on Havana:
“Havana embodies determination and hard work. She started from seeing the banner and since has worked her way up to blue belt, competed, and developed true proficiency of the foundational techniques. I am very proud of all her successes on and off the mat and lucky to call her a friend. “
When Jim and Phillipe partnered up with Daren to turn 4.0 Jiu-Jitsu into Straight Blast Gym, in February of 2016, Havana was the first person to take the lead and speak on behalf of the 4.0 membership base. Her suggestions and feedback helped to make the transition very smooth and really solidified Havana as a leader and ambassador of the gym. When someone walks into SBG to try a class, Havana is always there to greet them with a smile and make them feel welcome. On the mat she is a fantastic training partner and someone that will give you a tough, but safe, roll.
“Havana is one of those people that brings a great energy into the gym”, says Coach Jim. “She always comes in with a smile and leaves with a bigger smile. It’s contagious, and it makes Havana the kind of person you always want to have around.”
Thanks for everything, Havana!