Alanah Juezan - Alanah was born to a young couple married in their mid-20's. Her father was 30 years old when she arrived. Dexter wanted to name his first child Alanah. The name came 10 years before she was conceived as if the stork has spoken to Dexter in his dreams.
As a young girl, Alanah did not participate in any sports. Her parents encouraged her to try different activities but nothing seems to stick. Traveling abroad seems to be the life style that they chose for their first born. By the time she was 7 years old, Alanah has been to Italy, France, Spain, Croatia and the Philippines. By the time she was 10 years old, she has seen more countries than most girl at her age. She was a B average student until she discovered jiu jitsu. Her uncle Vince was in Special Forces and an avid martial artist. He spent most of his time deployed over seas but when he was home, he always brought some kind of weapons for Alanah.
It wasn’t until one day when Dexter drove Alanah home from school and saw the red neon sign “Gracie Barra” in Irvine California. She took her first lesson in the “gentle art” and that all was it. And it is because of her laser focus and love for jiu-jitsu that she has become a straight A student. She started when she was almost 12 years old. Alanah started competing after only 6 months of training. When ever she would dominate in her division, Professor Rod would promote her to the next belt level. Then she would have a piece of humble pie and learn what losing was like again. But it did not take long before she would dominate again. Now, at 14, she has in just over 2 years gone from a very timid white belt, to an orange belt fighting machine. And soon to move on to the next belt. Due to the limited practitioners in her division, she competes with girls that are much older, larger and higher rank. That did not seem to bother her.
Besides spending 5-6 days a week on the mat, she helps teach the kid's and women's class and do volunteer work throughout her community. It is our honor to introduce Alanah Juezan as our Agent of Change.
LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ALANAH
Champ - Aubrey gave me that name.
What is your current state of mind?
What are some of your addictions?
Chocolate and BJJ.
What is your biggest accomplishment in life?
Getting my orange belt at training for two years.
What is it that you want to do when you grow up?
I would like to either teach or get into business.
Tell us one thing we don’t know about you but we should?
My expectation of myself are way too high.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?
To make sure every one has shoes on their feet, food on their plate, and a roof over their heads. Why? It's self explanatory.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
No more suffering and... endless chocolate!!!
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is letting my family and professor down and not being the champion they want.
Which living person do you most admire?
My professor, Rod Quevedo
What do you like most about yourself?
How I am bold.
What is the trait you most DISLIKE in yourself?
What is your greatest extravagance?
My competitive spirit.
What is your greatest regret?
Nope, everything happens for a reason.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
What is your most treasured possession?
I treasure pictures of my friends and past.
Where would you like to live if you could live anywhere in the world?
What is your ideal life?
I'm living it!
Who are your heroes in real life?
My uncle in the navy, my dad, and my professor.
What is your life motto?
Everything happens for a reason.
List 3 things you cannot live without?
Music, Jiu Jitsu, and chocolate.
What is your legacy?
I hope people will remember me for my jiu jitsu and me helping those who are unfortunate.
What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Forget everything, I know you are a champion. Do you know you are a champion is the question?
What do you consider your greatest personal failure?
When I keep thinking something that isn't true.
TALENTS and PASSIONS