How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl's Story

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 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon
 
Full Name: Cheryl Mongeon 
Age: 49
Belt Colour: Blue
Professor: Lucas Lepri 
Short Term Goals: train at least 4 Days a week, stay in good health physically and spiritually 
 
When I first met Cheryl on social media, I was pleasantly surprised at how much energy she had! Of course our conversation started after she finished her jiu jitsu class showing how much of a hard worker she is. Her enthusiasm for jiu jitsu is very obvious after the second message I sent her she replied with "I WANT TO LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT JIU JITSU" followed by a few awesome emogis haha. Her kindness and loyalty is also very evident in how much appreciation she shows for her professor, Lucas Lepri. Focused on her goals and a true athlete, she kindly expressed how she needed to rest because she was training again the next day at 7:00 AM. Talk about dedication right? Oh, and did I mention she was a mother of six children? Cheryl's energy and positive outlook on life is honestly rare and having people like that really cheers up the rest of us. She comes from a great academy and is a great example of a positive role model not just for the kids she teaches, but for adults as well. Please welcome Cheryl Mongeon to the Submission Shark Community!
 
 

How long have you been doing jiu jitsu for?

Two and a half yrs 
 

Where do you train out of?

Lucas Lepri BJJ Team Alliance in Charlotte 

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

Were very happy to have our Professor back!! And with a championship from ACBJJ!! 

Do you prefer the gi or nogi?

Gi because I haven’t had time to train much in nogi

Has your instructors helped you in other aspects of life other than jiu jitsu?

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

I am so thankful for all the help and support, Professor!! @lucaslepri (I’m always hearing your voice even if you’re not present-“Take your time”...) OSS My goal for this year was gold- onto bigger goals!! Phil 4:13

Yes, always encouraging me to keep trying and stay positive , don’t give up
 

What are some lessons you learned from jiu jitsu that applies to everyday life?

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

When it seems impossible that is when you have to keep trying and don’t give up.
 

How often do you train?

4-6 classes a week
 

What made you want to start training?

Was doing Krav Maga and learned some JiuJitsu there and fell in love with the sport

Do you plan on training your whole life?

Yes as long as God gives me the ability 

What’s it about jiu jitsu that makes it so addicting?

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

There is always something new to learn and you always want to keep improving and you DO  improve if you don’t quit, and it’s so fun and you make great friends and you get a great workout! It keeps me young!

 

What has jiu jitsu done for your physical health?

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

Endurance and strength
 

Has jiu jitsu benefited your mental health?

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

Staying positive, confident, overall a happier, less stressed, more content person
 

If you could restart your jiu jitsu journey, would you do anything different?

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

No because I have the best instructors and team. They are family to me.
 

What’s your advice for someone that’s never tried jiu jitsu before but is interested in trying it?

just do it and don’t compare yourself to others and have fun

Do you have any aspirations in jiu jitsu?

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

World championship sounds appropriate

 

What’s your favourite move?

Cartwheel haha (don’t get to use it much yet.)

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

People ask me,”So what do you do for fun?”...😂😂🙏🏻I enjoy LIFE!! “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”...Colossians 3:23

If you didn’t discover jiu jitsu, where do you think you’d be now?

Running because it’s my other favorite sport
 

Would you like to see the sport become more mainstream?

Yes
 
  How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon | Lucas Lepri
Rooting for our Professor Lucas and Fred and our teammates at worlds today!! @lepribjjhq Get it!! CONGRATULATIONS to @sabrina_paige_ for your amazing work out there getting silver!!! You’re amazing!!

 

Have any of your training partners pushed you to reach your full potential?

Yes many times most of them actually all of them because I learn from everyone
 

  How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

Thank you to the 7 AM crew! Always pushing me to be my best! Every success comes with the help of teammates like you!

When you were first starting, what was the most difficult concept of jiu jitsu that you had trouble getting?

Professor Lucas loves to show us the X Guard and when I first started learning some of the sweeps as a white belt I was mind-blown haha
 

What makes you want to inspire and motivate others?

Seeing others succeed and having success myself

What's it about teaching kid's classes that you enjoy and is there anything that the kids taught you in return? It doesn't have to be just limited to jiu jitsu but in life in general.

Teaching kids has  taught me to laugh at myself and enjoy the learning process and never think I know it all. It is humbling ,really.

When we first spoke, you explained how you wanted to own your own jiu jitsu school by the beach. What's it about the beach environment that you enjoy?

 

I grew up near the beach in Massachusetts and Rhode Island .  reminds me of my childhood days of being carefree ...and the feel of the wind and sounds of waves sooth my soul...and an important aspect of JiuJitsu is being relaxed and fluid- like water ( sorry I took that from Bruce Lee but it’s true hA!!) And who doesn’t love playing and surfing in the waves???
 
Cheryl Mongeon | How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier 
 
 

You look very healthy and young. What are some of your secrets that you use to maintain your beautiful looks and your youthful spirit?

 How Jiu Jitsu Helps Keep me Healthy, Positive, Confident and Overall Happier | Cheryl Mongeon

I pray. I have faith in Jesus and He keeps me from being too stressed and gives me strength to deal with the trials of this life . (I quit drinking and smoking once I had this conversion to Christianity  also...in my twenties.)
 

What would you tell someone that is going through a traumatic experience right now and is having a hard to recovering? 

To have faith. God can make good happen anywhere and anytime. We have to keep looking forward and clinging to the good and work to make things better for ourselves and eventually others around us. ( while learning from mistakes.) This sense of purpose will get anyone through a difficult time. And just “do the next thing”...
 

Submission Shark:

Wow! Thanks for sharing Cheryl. It was amazing getting to know you better. I love how through your beliefs you managed to find a healthier lifestyle. Through your positive attitude and kindness you managed to become a great mother, friend and jiu jitsu practitioner. You are leading by example and that will inspire others to make a change and become a better version of themselves. I am really happy that you are so passionate about something and that you are surrounded by people you consider family. Your ambitions are inspiring and I believe you have all the tools to achieve them. I wish you nothing but the best in your pursuit of your goals. You truly expressed how the only thing keeping you from your old job was the love you had for watching young children grow to be confident people and your love for building their character. Many kids feel lost and it's people like you that truly helps them become who they really are and reach their full potential. I was once a kid like that and although you weren't my coach, you still had the same mission and for that I thank you. You may be a "Tiny Tiger" but you have a big heart. Welcome to the Submission Shark Community :) 

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