41-Year Old Mother of Three and Her MMA Success Story

by on June 18, 2012

in Inspiration

Every person gets an intense feeling of satisfaction every time an achievement is accomplished. And this is very true in martial arts. Whether it be a new belt or medal from a competition, every accomplishment reassures a martial artist of their improvement and dedication to one’s art.

As a 41-year old mother of three and mixed martial arts fighter, Laura Elder-Hill must have felt the same way upon winning a gold medal at the World Pankration Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in November of last year. She expressed her feelings towards this win on an interview with Chicago Sun-Times.

“Winning the gold was amazing. Even though there is a lot of people in the world who don’t really know what pankration is,” said Elder-Hill, a member of Team USA Pankration, which brought home the silver cup.

Pankration is a form of mixed martial arts introduced to the Greek Olympic Games in the 648 BC. Similar to the modern mixed martial arts competitions, it’s a free-fighting combat sport which involves kicking and submission. Its major difference with the MMA today lies on the fact that hitting the face is considered a violation.

For someone who only started training in 2004, she has definitely come a long way. This published interview on Chicago Sun-Times summarizes how Elder-Hill started in mixed martial arts, which includes Brazilian Jiu Jutsu as her specialization, in the following manner.

Elder-Hill was watching her kids practice when she started paying more attention to what was happening on the mat. “So I decided I wanted to try it,” she said. “I was 260 pounds, and I thought maybe I should lose weight first, and one day I was like, ‘I just don’t know what I’m waiting for, I’m 34 years old.'”

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