Wombat Sports is declaring July “Future Stars” month. We are going to profile some of those fighters under the age of 18 that will be the future of combat sports; be it MMA, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
If you have a fighter under 18 you want to be featured comment below.
Multiple time NAGA champ Taylor Guerra is making waves. The Illinois native trains out of Comprido BJJ, and has won over 100 matches in Gi grappling. She also competes in Combat-do competitions on her way to a possible MMA career.
Wombat Sports: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?
Taylor Guerra: My dad was training my older brother Matt ,his friends were wrestling in our trampoline. I wrestled a boy and lost. I told dad I wanted to learn BJJ.
Wombat: What do you enjoy about it?
Guerra: I love the competition and testing myself to see how far I can go. I like big challenges and using my technique to beat boys bigger and stronger than me. I believe in my jiu jitsu :).
W.S.: How have your friends and classmates reacted to it?
T.G.: My friends in class don’t really know much bout my BJJ; I don’t really say much. I don’t want them to think I’m better or brag, so I don’t bring it up. My friends have no idea what I’ve done in BJJ.
W.S.: How about your family?
T.G.: My family are all BJJ fighters my dad is a brown belt my brother (15) green and my mom just started. They support me and love the tourneys, but its all up to me. I only train twice a week and my mom and dad say they want me to do other things. I want to have fun.
W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?
T.G.: I look up to Clay Guida, Renzo Gracie (I’m good friends with Renzo and really all the Gracie family), my coach Comprido and my dad.
W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in combat sports?
T.G.: I think girls have a great future cause we’re able to go out and fight just as good or better than boys. Most of my fights were won against boys. I think girls fight with technique and fight to prove they can. We fight to win!
W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting?
T.G.: Fighting comes naturally to me, I just get it I don’t get excited I don’t get tired BJJ is easy to learn for me. I have no pressure or fear on me in class. I try all the new moves instead of sparring to win. It’s more important to learn by trying something new and getting tapped than to use what you know and win cause your scared to lose you wont learn anything that way.
W.S.: What have you found difficult?
T.G.: I don’t really know bout things being difficult sometimes. I feel if I could’ve done better, maybe used a new move or something.
W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?
T.G.: I want to be the best girl ever in BJJ. I want to keep learning and use it all i want to fight in the cage one day too. I want people to know my name for being brave and a champion 🙂
W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?
T.G.: I want to thank my mom for being there every match and my dad for spending so much time teaching and talking to me and I want to thank all the big pro guys who talk to me on twitter that’s cool – Clay Guida, Renzo Gracie, Katy Collins, Ottavia Bourdain, and my great sponsor Luciana Machado/Mkimonos.