Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Mama: Candace Stump
I met Candace right when I got back from my travels at the beginning of the year. She is a mom, yoga practitioner and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fanatic who loves to compete. She is one of my favorite people to train gi with and I love gi the most. Strong and analytical with enough force to keep you on your toes, Candace approaches Jiu Jitsu with the same energy I see in her parenting. I think she left the first blood stain on my new Vulkan gi! Marin mom of two can throw down.
This pic was taken during the Mundials 2011 trip down in Long Beach. I am a big fan of the onsie jammies. Candace was competing during the week and it was great to come down and see her amongst other friends put their skills to the test. We are all part of a greater community of athletes from different walks of life brought together by sweat, blood and funny looking outfits. Math maybe the great equalizer, but BJJ is the great unifier.