Devin Desormeaux started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu when she was 9 years old and fell in love with it. She literally grew up wearing Fight Chix and has one of our first rash guards! She currently is a senior in high school who trains 6 days a week and teaches kids classes at Blacklist Martial Arts under BJJ Revolution Team in Louisiana. Here is her story:
How did you get started in jiujitsu and was it your first combat art? My parents put me into a variety of sports to see what I would be interested in and to make friends (as most parents do) and since I was such a quiet/shy kid and I always got bullied they put me in jiu-jitsu classes to try to help me break out of my shell and to defend myself. After my first day on the mat, I knew that jiu jitsu was the sport for me. It is my first combat art, my second combat art is Muay Thai Kickboxing which I started a few months after at the same gym.
How has being in jiujitsu influenced your life? Jiu-jitsu has made me into the person I am today. The sport has helped my confidence grow tremendously!
Who have you trained with and take us through a typical week in your life (school, work, family, training etc): I’m an upcoming senior in high school, so when it’s school time I start my day at school. As soon as the bell rings I make my way to the gym at Blacklist Martial Arts, under BJJ Revolution Team, to teach the jiu jitsu kids classes from ages 3-14 years, Monday-Thursday. The classes are broken up between 4 ages groups. Right after teaching classes I continue my jiu jitsu training. On Fridays I try to go to other gyms to gain additional practice and on Saturdays I attend open mat at my gym. During the summer the afternoon part of my training remains the same. In the morning I do yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays, also I attend morning jiu jitsu practice. I’ve trained with a variety of people. I’ve attended seminars with Kurt Osiander, Rey Diego, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, Rodrigo Medeiros, former UFC fighter Tim Credeur and many more. My main coaches are Derrick Breaux and Gabe Barahona.
Do you have any personal heroes or people you look up to? I defiantly look up to my coaches. They’ve helped me strive everyday to be my best so of course I look up to them along with my awesome teammates. Also, watching people like Meisha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Mackenzie Dern could make them my personal heroes even though I have never met them personally. They’ve all helped make women’s martial arts more popular and excepted than ever which helps more girls like myself want to succeed just as they did.
What do you hope to accomplish in jiujitsu? My main goal in jiu jitsu is to earn my black belt. I know I have a long journey ahead of me, but I can’t wait to see what my jiu jitsu journey has in store for me.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? In the next 5 years I hope to see myself with my purple belt with a lot more experience by training and competing as much and as many places as possible. I also hope to see myself making a bigger name for myself and possibly competing at worlds. Always striving to be the best. My life goals for in 5 years is to get into college (uncertain on which university to attended yet.) I want to become a physical therapist and possibly achieve a minor in photography.
Favorites! What is your favorite food, music group or type of music, and movie: It’s hard to pick a favorite food, since I’m basically in love with food. But my favorite would have to be any type of fruit. Fruits are super sweet and good for you. It’s basically a win-win. My favorite types of music depend on what’s going on. if I’m preparing to compete I’ll usually listen to hip hop/ rap to pump myself up. Country is defiantly a favorite genre of music though. my favorite movie is without a doubt Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
When did you hear about Fight Chix and what does the brand mean to you? My mom found out about Fight Chix when I was around 10 years old and I loved the apparel, so I started wearing the t-shirts, fight shorts, and rash guards. The brand advertises women martial arts which is huge to me. Whenever I first started training I was never accepted by the other boys because I was a girl, so anything or anyone that represents women martial arts, especially the brand Fght Chix, in my opinion is awesome!!
What is your favorite Fight Chix product? My favorite Fight Chix product are the new spats!!