Eight-year-old girl finds success, confidence through Brazilian jiu-jitsu

When it comes to kids and sports, there are many different parenting philosophies and approaches. For one Massachusetts family, it was about building an 8-year-old girl’s inner strength.Reisy Lima, of Lowell, started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu through a trial class.”I had too much screen time, and then my dad brought me here,” Reisy said.For her father, Ray Lima, martial arts was a solution to tricky times.”When I did my martial arts in Brazil, I was really shy,” Ray Lima said. “I would never do this. I would never do this interview, and in English.”Reisy said she was having trouble at school because other kids would make fun of her outfit choices and for choosing to wear a mask. But ever since she started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the bullying stopped.”I feel very confident in myself now because I feel more relieved that I don’t need to be bullied anymore,” she said.On top of confidence, Reisy has gained plenty of skill. She is winning a lot in competitions, even against older children.”I never said I was good at this, but I always believed in myself that I could do this and win sometimes,” Reisy said.Since starting jiu-jitsu in January, Reisy has won about a dozen medals — so she is winning a bit more often than sometimes.”After like two to three months, you could just tell she wanted to learn and learn and learn,” said Oscar Calderon, Reisy’s jiu-jitsu professor at Icon Jiu-Jitsu. “She was very shy at the beginning. I used to be like: ‘Come on, smile!’ and she would be very serious. Now, you can tell her smile is getting brighter and brighter.” The happiness Reisy has found in jiu-jitsu is not just from learning, training and winning.”Charlotte is my friend because she always entertains me and makes me feel happy, and not alone. Gabriela trains with me and she makes me feel happy, too, because I have a partner to train with,” Reisy said.”Life is about friends, friendship. You have to get people around you,” Ray Lima said. “Now, she is starting to make some friends. She’s more happy. I can say that.”Some Brazilian newspapers have gotten wind of Reisy’s success and they are starting to write about her excellence in jiu-jitsu.

When it comes to kids and sports, there are many different parenting philosophies and approaches. For one Massachusetts family, it was about building an 8-year-old girl’s inner strength.

Reisy Lima, of Lowell, started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu through a trial class.

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“I had too much screen time, and then my dad brought me here,” Reisy said.

For her father, Ray Lima, martial arts was a solution to tricky times.

“When I did my martial arts in Brazil, I was really shy,” Ray Lima said. “I would never do this. I would never do this interview, and in English.”

Reisy said she was having trouble at school because other kids would make fun of her outfit choices and for choosing to wear a mask. But ever since she started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the bullying stopped.

“I feel very confident in myself now because I feel more relieved that I don’t need to be bullied anymore,” she said.

On top of confidence, Reisy has gained plenty of skill. She is winning a lot in competitions, even against older children.

“I never said I was good at this, but I always believed in myself that I could do this and win sometimes,” Reisy said.

Since starting jiu-jitsu in January, Reisy has won about a dozen medals — so she is winning a bit more often than sometimes.

“After like two to three months, you could just tell she wanted to learn and learn and learn,” said Oscar Calderon, Reisy’s jiu-jitsu professor at Icon Jiu-Jitsu. “She was very shy at the beginning. I used to be like: ‘Come on, smile!’ and she would be very serious. Now, you can tell her smile is getting brighter and brighter.”

The happiness Reisy has found in jiu-jitsu is not just from learning, training and winning.

“Charlotte is my friend because she always entertains me and makes me feel happy, and not alone. Gabriela trains with me and she makes me feel happy, too, because I have a partner to train with,” Reisy said.

“Life is about friends, friendship. You have to get people around you,” Ray Lima said. “Now, she is starting to make some friends. She’s more happy. I can say that.”

Some Brazilian newspapers have gotten wind of Reisy’s success and they are starting to write about her excellence in jiu-jitsu.

Contributed by local news sources

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