Team Texas: Mona Bailey

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Name: Mona Maree Bailey

Rank: Green Belt

Hometown: Houston,TX

Where you train: Carlson Gracie Houston, is my main Academy.

How long have you been training? 6 Years

Favorite Gi? Black Shoyoroll

What’s in your gym bag? 2 Gis, 2 Belts, 2 RashGuards, 2 spats/tudos, Hoodie, MonkeyTape, Water Bottles, Headphones, and Lots of Candy. My bag has been referred to as the "Vending machine" a time or two..

Favorite submission? Triangle

Favorite thing about the Jiu Jitsu community in Texas? First Class Bjj, So many great Athletes, and awesome Open mats.

What’s one thing you would change about the Texas Jiu Jitsu community?
I would like just a little less politics.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Going undefeated in IBJJF, as a youth competitor.

What has been your biggest struggle in Jiu Jitsu?
Finding more Teen Girls on the Competition scene.

If you could give any advice to your white belt self, what would it be?
Keep it Friendly 😊 Don't let the small things bother you.

What motivates you to train on days when you just don’t feel like it?
Honestly,  I love to train...so there are not many days I'm not motivated..

If you could take a private lesson with any Jiu Jitsu practitioner who would it be? Why?
Right now as of today...Nathiely De Jesus and Claudia Do Val. Why, because they are awesome and represent well for Female Grapplers... I have many more on my list, that I  have been fortunate to have had privates with.

Who is your favorite competitor to watch?
Ooh...so many..but if I had to pick one, Nathiely De Jesus


Who is your favorite TX competitor to watch?
Mariana Scott Azevedo (outside of your current affiliation)

What’s your perfect Jiu Jitsu playlist? Country,  or 90's Rap.

What do you remember about your first day of Jiu Jitsu? Training with my brother.

What do you remember about your first tournament?
I tapped my opponent with Grapevines..that's all I really had.


What is your post-competition meal/restaurant? Steak, Fries, Macaroni and cheese

When you’re not training Jiu Jitsu, where can we most likely find you? In Bed.

2020 is quickly approaching,  What changes did you make this year and what are your goals for the new year? Training more top game this year.. new goals, I would like to take Gold at the 2020 IBJJF PanAms. Competing Overseas next Year.



Anything else exciting coming up? I'm excited to enter the Juvenile ranks and finally receive my Blue Belt.

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