— Unfortunately, I didn't start so young. I began when I was 26 years old. Since I was a kid, I wanted to practice martial arts, but Costa Rica is a very conservative country. At the time, it was very unusual for a girl to practice martial arts. I practiced ballet for 3 years and I always wanted to try the karate class next door.
In 2009 I began my relationship with my husband and shihan, Mauricio Alvarado. At the time, I saw the opportunity to make my dream come true and asked him to teach me. That's where I began.