Keanna Klay Success Story
Keanna Klay Success Story
Keanna Klay an athlete.
A short introduction to yourself?
My name is Keanna Klay and I was born in California. Now I live in Georgia where my family owns a Gracie barra and I train and teach every single day.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start learning karate?
I started Jiu-Jitsu when I was 3. My mom met my now stepdad through mutual friends and learned that he taught Jiu-Jitsu to kids and thought I should try. They then moved to Georgia to open a school and I came with them. Although I’ve been training since I was 3 I was never in love with this sport. I only became to love Jiu-Jitsu and truly want to live it when I was 13 and my family brought in 2 girls from Brasil who wanted to train and compete in the US. They quickly became the sisters I never had and showed me how it was to truly live from Jiu-Jitsu.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in?
I hold a blue belt and I believe my style is very well-rounded. I like to be on top as well on the bottom and I like to use pressure.
Do you have a favorite Sensei?
My professor is my stepdad, Fabio Costa. He is the reason why I started and live from Jiu-Jitsu today. He always pushed me and I am eternally grateful.
How did you get into this position and how did your journey in this sport go?
I am in this position today because of my parent’s connections and friends/family that quickly became mine as well. I would travel to train in different places I’ve never been to before but my parents did and know them. This helped develop my game a lot.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
This sport is my life. It started as a hobby but became everything. I am graduating high school early so that I can focus more on Jiu-Jitsu for the rest of my life.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
My family, are gym owners. So not only do I have to train I also have to run the gym. My biggest challenge is balancing work, training, working out, and school. I find a way to make it all work but some days are very difficult because our gym is so big.
What motivates you most about your profession as an athlete?
I like this sport because there is always someone training to beat me. It’s always a challenge so when I do win, I know it was hard-earned.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
Everyone loses. Yes when you do lose it hurts and it sucks, but that needs to push you to want to be more and train more.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
My two tournaments that will always be remembered and kept close are No-gi Pan Ams that I won double gold. And Houston opens where I won quadruple gold. I won my division gi, open class gi, my division no-gi, and open class no-gi. Those are the two most difficult things to achieve and I achieved both.