Happy New Year!!! Or should I say happy February? It has been way too long since I last posted on my blog. That gives an indication as to how busy I have been! The last time I shared what I have been up to was before the 2013 World Championships in August. Many things have happened since then!

  1. I ended up taking a silver medal at the world championships.WAHOO!!
  2. I started and finished my first semester of grad school at San Jose State with all A’s!
  3. I took a silver medal at the Tokyo Grand Slam in December.
  4. I spent three weeks training in Europe for most of January.
  5. I was nominated for female Seattle Sport Star of the Year for the 2nd time in a row!

Those are the main highlights from the last 5 months or so.

-But life goes on! The Olympic qualifying for Rio 2016 will begin in June of this year (yes you read that correctly, 2 years before the actual games!) and doing well on the tatami once that race starts is the main focus right now. I have been having a phenomenal run of it and am looking forward to continued success in the coming years. It has required a ton of hard work and focus but it has been amazing for me to look back at some of my first blog posts on this page and see how far I have come and developed over the years.

-Thank you to all for all the love ,support and encouragement on this journey!

Here’s to a great 2014 for all!

Much love,



P.S. Some pics from the last five month journey included below!