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|Amateur Record:||1-0-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)|
|Height:||5 Feet. 8 Inch(es).|
|Out of:||Colorado Springs, Co|
Vanessa Wexler's Amateur Record
|07/16/2010||Win||Nadia Nixon||Clash of the Titans 8 - Ladies Night||Submission||1||1:03|
|:||Bout results verified by an official State, Tribal, Provincial, or Municipal Commission.|
|NSF:||Non Sanctioned Fight|
|NC:||Fight Declared No Contest|
Vanessa "Sweet Pea" Wexler
Competitive Venues: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts
MMA Record: 1:0:0 July 16th, 2010 Clash of the Titans 8 Ladies Night Vs. Nadia Nixon 115lbs WIN 3rd Round Armbar Submission www.mixedmartialarts.com
Brazilian Jiu-Jistu Achievements:
2008 “North East Grappling Challenge” Silver Medal: No-Gi (No Women’s weight division.)
04/19/2008 (Norman Yonkers’) “New York State Grappling Championship” Gold Medal: No-Gi Bronze Medal: Gi (No Women’s weight division.)
01/24/09 “New York Submission Series IV” 2nd Place Trophy: No-Gi (No Women’s weight division.) Men’s 136.5 Division: No Place.
03/2009 “Grappler’s Quest: Beast of the East IV” “East Coast Champion” Gold Medal: GI Women’s 110-122 Division
07/26/2009 “New York State Submission Wrestling” Tournament Gold Medal: GI Women’s (No Weight Class) Division Silver Medal: GI Men’s 136.5 Division
05/22/2010 “Colorado State BJJ Championship” Gold Medal: No GI Women’s Advanced 120-139.9 Division Silver Medal: GI Women’s Blue/Purple 100-119.0 Division
Biography & Aspirations:
I began Jiu-Jitsu by chance in 2003. I knew absolutely nothing of the sport, or what it entailed. Inside a small aerobics room at University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS) and just two tatami (matts), a friend introduced to me the very basics of BJJ. As with most people, the beginnings were rough and unfamiliar. We had a small group that met almost everyday, and utilizing my natural gift of balance and flexibility, I was able to stick with it. My friend and training partner, Brian Truelson pushed me further and further. Himself training for Mixed Martial Arts bouts, had me start working stand up with him before and after BJJ class. I was hooked.
In less than a year, our small BJJ class had grown considerably and we were able to reserve a bigger room in the local World’s Gym of Colorado Springs. We were able to have guest black belts join us for occasional classes, and seminars with members of Team Balance. By this time, I had adapted to being smaller than all of my teammates, who were exclusively male. I had to develop better strategies than my aite, and really focus on my attributes.
In 2007, partnered once again with Truelson, we began a Mixed Martial Arts school in Cortland, NY. North East Martial Arts Institute was birthed in a building that was previously a church. As usual, we started small. As word got around about our class, more and more jitsuka joined the team. We eventually melded in with Team Bombsquad East and began competing.
I competed in my very first tournament in 2008, the North East Grappling Challenge in Ithaca, NY. As even today there aren’t as many female to male competitors, only myself and two other women were there to compete. So there was no weight class. Being out weighed by 15-20lbs, I still accepted the bracket and stepped onto the tatami. My first match, I lost by two points. The second, I won via a guillotine choke, my first submission win in my first tournament! However, I was about to find out that small women’s brackets meant having about a minute break, followed by your next match, repeat, and so on, until the division was done. I was very proud to take home my first medal (silver), from my first tournament, and learned so much about myself as a competitor.
As I continued to compete in both GI and No-GI tournaments, I have developed such a deep respect for Jiu-Jitsu. Only one tournament I have ever participated in actually had a weight class, Grappler’s Quest IV 110-122lbs. After facing aite that have tipped the scale as high as 203lbs, and averaged 150-165lbs, I felt as though women my own weight were light as a feather! Following the Grappler’s Quest tournament, I began opting to compete in the men’s division at 136lbs, comparing lighter men’s division to heavier women’s division. It’s all about strategy, patience and awareness.
I began dreaming of my own school where I can pass on this amazing discipline, geared specifically towards women and children. I took my first steps down this path when I arrived in Colorado March 2010, connecting once again with my old partner, Truelson at Champions Mixed Martial Arts. The owner, Brad Secundy was thrilled at the thought of doing Women’s Self Defense Seminars and starting a Women’s Only BJJ class.
After our first Self Defense Seminar, I began teaching a Women’s BJJ class as well as a Kid’s Intro to BJJ class. After only a few months, he asked me to add a hybrid Cardio-Kickboxing & Self Defense, and to start attending his Kempo class so as to eventually instruct that as well. After competing at the Colorado State BJJ Championship, Sensei Secundy asked me if I would like to start fighting in the cage. I thought ‘why not? I’ve already tried so much, what’s one more venue?’.
July 16th, 2010. Clash of the Titans 8: Ladies Night. Colorado’s very first all-women’s MMA fight card. I had never been so excited in all my life to go out to that cage and face my aite, Nadia Nixon of Meditative MMA. I had no idea what to really expect, a lot like my first BJJ tournament. She was brutal. We went into the third round, knowing she won the first round, me the second. One minute ten seconds into the third, I win via Armbar Submission. Having my hand raised to the sound of a cheering crowd was a humbling experience. The torture of cutting weight, training all day everyday, and the constant state of pain from what seemed like never-ending conditioning was all worth it.
I have just moved to Chester, Virginia and am currently looking for an MMA/BJJ school to join. I will be attending school simultaneously to continue towards my business degree that I will use to open a Mixed Martial Arts School for Women. The school will offer BJJ classes for kids, MMA and BJJ for women, an activity center so moms are able to train and bring their children, Judo, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Cardio classes as well. I will be incorporating a program for special needs children as well using Jiu-Jitsu, helping to encourage social interaction, physical activity, and exploration. I dream about this every night and work hard towards it everyday. As I continue school, I would love to continue to train, fight and compete along the way so as to become the best example that I can be for my future deshi.
"Colorado State Championship"
07 May Twenty 11
SILVER MEDAL Women's NO GI Advanced Division No Weight Class
SILVER MEDAL Women's GI Purple/Brown/Black Belt Division No Weight Class