Clark School Freshman Wins Gold Medal in Pan-American Martial Arts Championship
Aarae Alexander, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering, was awarded a gold medal in the Lightweight category of the Pan-American Martial Arts Championship. A civil engineering major, Aarae maintains a 3.1 GPA while training on Fridays and Saturdays at Team Lloyd Irvin's Martial Arts Academy in Camp Springs, Md.
“My parents signed me up in a martial arts summer camp when I was nine years old,” she said. “Their intent was to ensure that I’d be worn out by the time I got home every day. I enjoyed martial arts so much, I never wanted to go home.”
A rising star in the female jiu-jitsu ranks, Aarae hopes to win her 6th world title at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Championships on May 29-June 3, 2013 in Irvine, CA. She currently holds five World Championship IBJJF titles: 4 juvenile blue belts and 1 adult blue belt.
May 7, 2013