I am fortunate enough to train with some amazing people. Today I will be focusing on a woman who I admire as an athlete and as a role model. I don’t know what recent event I should start with because sadly there are so many. From child sexual abuse in the Nassar case to sexual abuse in the Weinstein case, it is seemingly a more dangerous time to be a woman. Or so some people feel. But violence and discrimination against women has always been a huge problem in the US. Apparently, it just took heartbreaking sexual assault cases to go viral and 3 million women to march for the injustices they face, for people to actually realize.. “Hey this might be a big problem.” Growing up in Juijitsu I was always one of the only little girls (in 2004 it was cooler if your mom took you to gymnastics.) I would spar with boys sometimes bigger and older but I never thought anything of it. I never thought it was unfair and none of the boys complained about my gender. But of course that was when I was 5 years old it wasn’t till much later I realized I didn’t quite fit in with the status quo. I was a tom boy to say the least and I grew more and more self conscious. I remember asking myself if loving jiujitsu made me less attractive because it would intimidate some boys. Looking back I now understand that society forces a feminine mindset on women because “thats how it should be” (lol) We need more women who are brave enough to step outside of the safe zone, the socially praised zone, and be who they are. Angela Yamashita is an incredibly accomplished Pro Bodybuilder from Hawaii! I had the privilege of rolling with her before returning to Utah over Christmas break. I was shook. Its so important to me that us girls never feel ashamed because of our accomplishments. You can be sexy, you can embrace your sexuality AND still kick a** and thats a motto that needs to be circulated. Angela is one of the most humble people I’ve ever met. She trains hard and makes no excuses, she told me that starting jiujitsu was a big step for her and like all my jits fam know: Jiujitsu is life changing. In a conversation I had with her we talked about how change is hard especially realizing that a certain change needs to happen in your own life. Happiness isn’t an end goal it’s an active choice. A simple mindset change could make your life completely different. We can choose to be happy every day no matter the trials. I know that alot of women struggle with self confidence and self love so this is for you. Women supporting women rather than criticizing is probably my most favorite “trend” right now and I want it to be an everyday thing. We all have our own goals and dreams so why not support each other instead of bash. Women are strong through everything we prevail, we often underestimate our strength and beauty but in the end we shine. Check out Angela’s Resume bellow and I’ll keep you guys updated on her journey this year! I wasn’t kidding when I said mad accomplished!!!
Angela Yamashita IG (@ifbb_pro_angelayamashita)
2011 Ikaika Bodybuilding Figure overall champ
2012 Paradise Cup 2nd place Figure
2013 NPC USA Top 5 figure
2014 Ikaika Bodybuilding Figure Overall Champ
2014 NPC USA Figure overall champ (Beat 116 Women) New IFBB PRO
2015-2017 IFBB PRO Top 10 and top 5 IFBB Masters
2017 IFBB Pro Masters Winner and 4th Place Open
She holds 2 state overall titles, 1 national overall title, and 1 pro win.