Photo by Angie Baquedano
Photo by Angie Baquedano

“I was 15 and competing in Judo, which is a type of martial arts. Everything was great, but I eventually reached a point where I became tired of it and I wanted something more challenging. So I went to a new gym, mixed martial arts, and there I found a large amount of people kickboxing and I immediately knew that’s what I wanted to do. So I got my butt kicked for the next six months and then I moved to Charlotte for a better gym and more opportunities. The guys that I met at the gym here in Charlotte brought me up to the level that I am now. It’s been a long road, but now I’m a personal trainer and a professional MMA Fighter. I truly am thankful for the people who got me here and the ones who made me love it.”

 

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Angie Baquedano is the Assistant Lifestyle Editor at Niner Times. She is close to completing her Creative Writing major and Journalism Minor as an Undergraduate and hopes to one day work for The National Geographic Society. When Angie isn’t swamped with homework or working her CNA job she can be found traveling, reviewing restaurants for Charlotte Food Adventures or taking up new hobbies such as painting with oil pastels (It changes depending on what inspires her that week).

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