Shannon's Fighter Bio

Name: Shannon Young

Title: Instructor

Height: 5 ft. 6 in.

Weight: 149

Favorite Submission: Triangle from the  back

Favorite Quote:  "Freedom of expression lies in being  BOLD."  -Robert Frost


 "It's not how much time you spend on the mats but what you do with the time you have that truly matters. You can travel further in a day with direction and purpose than you will for a whole year if you are walking in circles. I train once a day most days, but every session I address a problem in my game and find three solutions for it. Every day that goes by I have at least one less problem."

- Kid Dale. 

I knew I needed some direction in my life physically and mentally. I went to my local YMCA looking for a quality group of  motivated people to help. I didn't know anything about anything but deep down I knew  I wanted to train from watching Pride and WEC. When I took my first class with Mr. Spendiff I was hooked on training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There are many reasons I started

 and continued training BJJ, like now I was learning, working out, connecting with people, and feeling a flow in my life.  I began to change. What I was before was not lost just molded, hardened, and refined. I had a new wind pushing me. 

Through all the injuries and other hardships that come with training hard I never regret a moment. I almost revel in the struggle. I've done around 19 BJJ tournaments and placed at most. I've fought 3 amateur MMA matches. I'm excited to be teaching the Kids Jiu Jitsu classes. I pride myself in the ability to teach, coach, and mentor my students. I want them to have solid Jiu Jitsu and to become better citizens.  I lead by example with an emphasis on hard work and diligence. I believe consistent work pays off and is the key to success. I also know that learning should be fun, especially for young kids.