Jiu Jitsu Is The Glue That Bonds This Family

With our busy lives how often as a family do you get to spend some quality time together? Sara Fearon is among the many busy mom’s of this world trying to juggle it all. She is a single mother of two, works full time, runs the household and still manages to find time for what matters most…spending time with her family. But how does she do it all and still find time to train? Jiu Jitsu is the glue that bonds this family. Her, her son and daughter all train together at Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu Turlock under Dave Camarillo.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is an activity that they all have come to love. Sara is more than just a mother she is a role model for her kids. Through earning her black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, she has taught her children that by working hard you can accomplish anything.

Why did you start training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

I began fifteen years ago. I started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for self defense. I had been attacked by a man about a year before and found myself stuck, scared, and not being able to move forward from the incident. I fell in love with Jiu Jitsu, the people involved and never turned back. I couldn’t imagine my life without Brazilian Jiu Jitsu now.

What do you do in your spare time? 

Besides Jiu Jitsu? (she jokes) My kids keep me pretty busy. We like to stay active by working out together, going on hikes, and training Jiu Jitsu. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and Pinteresting with my them.

Who else in your family trains?

My son (11) and daughter (8) both train. My brother and nephews who live in New Jersey also train. I believe it is beneficial to train as a family. It is a great way to bond. We workout, train together and keep each other motivated. I love watching my kids grow up with Jiu Jitsu.

What has BJJ taught you as a mother?

Kids follow your example. They see the work I put in and they follow suit. I think BJJ is a great way to bond with your kids, but also a great outlet for you.

Do you think being a mother plays any role in your abilities as a competitor?

Yes. Knowing that my kids look up to me and believe in me is a great motivator. I want to show them how when you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything.

What would you like your legacy in BJJ to be?

I’d hope to be remembered for being a great example for women and mothers. To be known for my resilience and drive. When I started in Jiu Jitsu there weren’t many women. I’d like to think I have helped encourage other women to train.



 Shama Ko

Girls in Gis staff writer

Shama Ko is a brown belt with Gracie Humaita out of Austin, TX.  She has been a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner since November of 2003.  She is a photographer, writer, community organizer and activist. She heads the Girls in Gis organization or as she calls it the “movement”. She describes herself as both a lover and a fighter. She loves to laugh and not take life too seriously.


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