October 26, 2009
Mixed martial arts really is for all ages. KEPR-TV in Pasco, Wash., found a 49-year-old mother of three and grandmother of four who wants an MMA fight. DeEtta Peterson has been training MMA for four years and narrowly missed out on her debut last week when her opponent had to back out.
According to her bio on Calhoon's Martial Arts, Peterson came to the gym in 2003, six years later she's an instructor and already has her brown belt in jiu-jitsu.
"Originally I brought my son and he was going up through the youth ranks," Peterson told KEPR.
When she tried it, Peterson says she's was hooked almost immediately.
"It's just one of those things that just intrigues you and draws you in and so I think by the fourth fight [in training], I was like 'I want to try that.'"
Peterson with veteran fighter Benji Radach
Travis Maiuri, a trainer at Calhoon's, says Peterson practices with men.
"A lot of guys that come in that are brand new are real scared and don't want to hit a girl or grapple with a girl until she starts working them over and then they want to step up their game."
Peterson is willing to fight women in their 20's if necessary.
"It's just one of those things I want to do. I want to get one fight and get my black belt."
She's hoping to land on an MMA card in Walla Walla, Wash., sometime in the next month.
Tip from MiddleEasy.com.
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