Lisa has been training Jiu-Jitsu in Arizona since early 2008 at Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu and has earned the rank of brown belt. She describes her Jiu-Jitsu journey as a very challenging and amazing. Lisa says it wasn’t easy for her being a female, the smallest in the gym, and starting BJJ in her 30’s. She had a lot of obstacles to work through and she says she would be crazy to say she has worked through them all. She still has so much more to learn and so much more to grow.
She says she doesn’t have an impressive list of titles and gold medals (but has a few) because she is not the best competitor, but if she could list the amount of tournaments she has mustered up the courage to do in the past eight years it would be very long. She is very proud of herself and what she has done and what she has accomplished at her age and the best part is that she’s still not done.
None of it would have been possible without the support of her family. Lisa and her husband, black Belt Jay Pages own a gym (Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu) in Chandler Az. Lisa describes her husband is my biggest rock. Without him she doesn’t think she would have made it to where she is today and she is pretty sure she has returned that favor to him. They support each other in everything we do. They have a beautiful amazing daughter who is starting college in the fall at Arizona State University, she is their whole world. They also have 3 amazing dogs. Lisa works at the family Air Conditioning business with her dad as her full time job.
Lisa describes her life as crazy busy, but she loves every minute of it.
“If I have any advice for women starting BJJ is to never give up, you will want to at times but it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done for myself.”
Seta Reupenny was born on the Island of Tonga and raised in the Bay Area, California. She currently residing in Chandler, Arizona. She has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for seven and a half years at Gracie Arizona, Phoenix and has been a women’s instructor for the past four years. Seta is a wife and mother of six children (four girls & two boys) and her whole family trains together.
Her family’s journey in jiu jitsu began back in 2005 when they enrolled their oldest son with Gracie Arizona. One by one our children hopped on the bandwagon, and shortly afterwards followed Seta’s husband and then Seta.
According to Seta, Jiu Jitsu has taught her so many things about herself. She says It has definitely enhanced her life physically, emotionally and mentally. She is a big advocate of self defense. It’s one of the reasons why she says she loves jiu jitsu for her family, especially her girls.
“I love seeing women/girls train in this art because it’s such an empowerment! I think it’s important that women always support one another and I honestly have to say that Arizona has the most amazing women in jiu jitsu I have ever seen. The numbers Arizona has pulled in the Girls in Gis events speak volumes to the friendships, respect and comrade we have among each other, regardless of the fact that we come from different schools/teams. It’s not about us as individuals but us as a team and that’s what I love about Girls in Gis. I am very honored to be a part of this team.”