“You know, I’m a little bit off. I’m okay with it. I always tell people I want to hug them and it creeps them out apparently. Free hugs, all day, every day.”
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5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT DEANNA BENNETT
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY OF TRAINING LIKE?
My schedule is quite hectic. I wake up in the morning groggy and slightly confused, yet I throw on my workout clothes and running shoes and head out the door. I finally wake up about 15 minutes into my run. When I get home I hurry and get ready and I shuffle off to work. I’m there for a little under two hours before down a bit of caffeine and head off to team practice. Depending on the day its either sparring, wrestling, jiu jitsu (or a little bit of everything); either way my coaches Jason Mertlich and Rad Martinez have some fun, albeit challenging, practice in store. After our 2 hour team practice I head back to work for 6 more hours of selling home security and automation systems. Once I clock out of work I rush home to get changed once again and head back to the gym for some more jiu jitsu and pad work. After a couple more hours of that I head home to shower, eat, then pass out on my couch for a bit before I finally drag myself to my bed to sleep the rest of the night and get back up and do it all again. (Some days I mix in strength and conditioning, with Coach Austin Carter, in the morning instead of running, but the days always begin groggy and slightly confused).
WHAT GOT YOU INTO MARTIAL ARTS?
So my story into martial arts begins back in high school. I was on the water polo team and one of the assistant coaches was also the assistant wrestling coach. He actually told me to give wrestling a try and I was immediately hooked. I loved it. Then I found my way out to Utah and I needed a 1 credit exercise class at the college I was going to. And man, that was a great choice, because I loved it. And because I am kind of a fat kid, and I really enjoyed kickboxing, I joined the local LA Boxing at the time to stay in shape. Then that gym closed and the gym I’m at now opened next door and I moved over there and eventually started jiu jitsu and put everything together. And man, I’ve made some terrible decisions in my life, but the steps that led me to MMA were the best I’ve ever taken.