Coach Johnette’s life took a transformative turn when she decided to embark on a Jiu-jitsu journey in May 2015, following years of battling health issues. Though she had never considered learning or training before due to her medical struggles, she mustered the courage to step onto the mats in Tucson. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, it was a challenging endeavor to attend 3 to 4 classes a week.

Despite the difficulties, she found Jiu-jitsu to be one of the most demanding yet profoundly rewarding workouts. Not only did it improve her physical well-being, but it also had a profound impact on her mental and emotional state, making her a better person overall. Eager to share her newfound knowledge, she devoted herself to guiding her students.

Jiu-Jitsu gifted her a fresh perspective on life, boosting her confidence, igniting creativity, and opening her mind to a different way of living. For Coach Johnette, Jiu-Jitsu goes beyond physicality; it is a powerful mental game as well.

She never imagined practicing Jiu-Jitsu at a later age in life, but she serves as a shining example that it’s never too late to start. It truly is a discipline for everyone, and her dedication and perseverance demonstrate that with determination, anything is possible. Overcoming initial fears of judgment and falling behind, she found comfort and camaraderie among fellow practitioners, dispelling her worries.

Outside the dojo, Coach Johnette indulges in her passion for baking, cooking, and experimenting with new recipes. Creating delightful dishes brings her immense joy. Additionally, she cherishes spending quality time with her family. A cherished quote that resonates with her deeply is, “Life is tough, but so are you, my darling” by Stephanie Bennett Henry.