From Judo To BJJ: One Woman’s Martial Arts Journey

For Barbara Katter, her journey in martial arts began at age 7 simply by chance. After looking for an activity that would suit her both her and her sister’s schedule, her mother finally decided on Judo. This decision would change her life forever.


Barbara’s fascination with martial arts continued on through her high school years. She tried other forms of martial arts including Karate, but nothing really interested her as much as Judo did. Finally, after getting to university, she enrolled in Judo again. But when it came time for her to graduate and make the move to Singapore, finding time for martial arts became difficult. She would go on to try various activities such as yoga and dragon boating, but again, they lacked the fulfillment she received from martial arts.

“I was so happy when I found Evolve,” Barbara shares. “It was the perfect outlet to help me deal with work stress and to kind of reprioritize what is important where and when.” And, most importantly, she was able to rekindle her relationship with martial arts.

 Brazilian Jiu-jitsu motivates me to keep coming. It really challenges me and I’ve never felt better. In fact, I feel stronger than I was during my high school days!” Barbara exclaims.

Today, Barbara is one of Evolve MMA’s most passionate students. She has been nominated by all her instructors to be Evolve MMA’s Student Of The Month for February. Currently a four-stripe white belt in BJJ, Barbara also regularly competes in local and overseas competitions. She is also working towards her level 3 in Muay Thai.


The Evolve Family would like to extend Barbara sincere congratulations on her well-deserved Student of the Month honors. We believe she has what it takes to become successful in martial arts, and we look forward to seeing her continue her journey at Evolve MMA.

Here’s what her instructor, UFC Fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Leandro “Brodinho” Issa has to say about her:

Barbara trains hard and is a killer in competitions. Sometimes, I see her train more than one class a day. Even if she talks a lot during my classes, I know she’s listening! She’s also very helpful with new students.”



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