Today, Danielle Kelly is one of the most accomplished competitors in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as a successful ONE Championship atomweight submission grappling athlete.
However, it wasn’t always like that. She had to push through many obstacles to reach success – among which were many doubters.
She addressed this in an inspirational message on social media:
There was a point in my life where my mom didn’t agree with me to keep training Jiu-Jitsu because she felt there was no use or it would never support me in my future.
My grandmom also hated the sport considering I would tell her I train with the guys and wrestled in highschool on the boys wrestling team.
I’ve also had coaches who would not want me to keep going nor help me because they felt I wouldn’t go far.
But Danielle kept her enthusiasm and her head high throughout:
I started in the sport where women fighting didnt make a dime. I look back and am really grateful I kept my head up and worked hard without the noise getting to me.
I’m thankful to be the few women that push the sport, and even competing on the biggest stages where Jiu-Jitsu athletes can make a living. even more thankful for everyone by my side.
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