Thirteen years ago Kim started training Martial arts at the age of 42. Her interest in Martial Arts began at the age of 13 when an after school martial arts class was offered at her Jr. High School. Unfortunately her father wouldn’t give his consent because “girls did not participate in combative sports”. This was a very hard for Kim, but at least she still had her love for Bruce Lee and Martial Arts films.
It wasn’t until Kim was 42 when she was posed with the question, “What is stopping you from achieving this dream now?” With the realization Kim enrolled in Karate class at Apollo’s Martial Arts. She is now a 4th Degree Black Belt in Karate, Kickboxing, and Japanese Jiu Jitsu. She is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Ketsugo (under the linage of Herald Brosious).
Kim is also a Board Member for the Oklahoma Karate Association and was recently presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Whirlwind Tournament Classic. At age 44 Kim began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to round out her self-defense training. However it wasn’t until age 46 when Kim attended a seminar given by Master Carlos Machado where Kim can say she finally understood ground fighting. It was there that Kim learned techniques that activated muscle (brain) memory allowing her brain and body to work together. Nine years later Kim is now a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the RCJ Machado affiliation.
Q&A Session Between Kim Blake and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: It keeps me mentally and physically healthy. Chess match mentally and joints lubricated. MMA to see women empowered?
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: Stay focused and driven Become more technical, achieve Black Belt in BJJ, and reach my mastery (5th degree) level in Karate. Give back through teaching kids and girls/women
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: My mom inspired me until her death last year and even now after death. My mom was strong, never complained, never gave up. Even in her illness she never complained, always remained humble and thankful.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: 16 total State Championships:
- 7 Oklahoma Black Belt Kata
- 8 Oklahoma Black Belt Sparring
- 1 SWAT (South West Association of Tournaments) Black Belt Sparring
- Life Time Achievement Award in Martial Arts for the Whirlwind Tournament
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: 13+ years
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: 5 days a week
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Setting goals and following through. Be consistent in training, diet and well-being.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Side Mount V1 (Americana) via crucifix
Question: Is there any difference b/w your common days’ diet and during competition training diet?
Answer: Because it makes you consistence and help you to achieve the best results.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym?
Answer: Boxing Gloves, bag gloves, shin pads, mouth piece, foot pads, Karate Belt, BJJ Belt. Do you have different items for specific days? Most days I train two disciplines (karate and BJJ) so I come prepared for both.