Asena Melike Ağansoy (Sponsor: Moya) is the first woman, living in Turkey, to earn a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu. She trains on and coaches for the Istanbul-based team Corvos, under Burak Değer Biçer -Turkey’s first black belt (lineage: Ricco Vierra). Asena routinely competes in the highest level of European grappling tournaments, capturing medals in many tough tournaments. Asena aspires to be Turkey’s first female blackbelt, IBJJF black belt world champion, and to empower women all over the world with her knowledge and abilities.
We at ShamaNews got a chance to interview her! It is not easy being a dominant female athlete in a region that is known to struggle with women’s equality.
- If you lose your calmness, you give all your control to your opponent and this is the same in real life. People will push you to your limits and force you to make mistakes but you need to keep calm and wait for the right time to answer.
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