Rachel Ott is a Martial Artist and
Teacher of Wushu, Kung Fu and Acrobatics at South Coast Martial Arts.
Rachel Ott spent much of her childhood trying a number of different sports, but one day some of her friends who were in Wushu classes at the time, were practicing outside on the grass. Rachel asked them to teach her and from there she was first introduced to the Butterfly kick and from that moment she thought is was the coolest thing in the world and joined classes as soon as posible. After an initial introduction period, Rachel to a break but came back more serious than before. When asked what she enjoys most about Wushu she responds, "What makes it so special to me is that I've always wanted to do it but I could decide how invested I could be. Being able to do something and put your heart into it too when you are ready feels great, and I love what I'm doing."
Personal Martial Arts Achievements
2014 Trained traditional martial arts in China's Shaolin Temple Luohan Yuan
2014 Featured athlete in the "Hyper Kung Fu" DVD series: Long Fist & Southern Fist
2013 Shaolin Temple Cultural Festival: Wushu Staff - Gold Medal
2013 Kung Fu Magazine Championship: Other Weapons - Gold Medal
2013 Performed at Bercy Stadium for the "Festival of Martial Arts" in Paris France
2013 Walking Tall Open: Long Weapons - Gold Medal
Member of the International Martial Arts Team Kungfu Heroes
Proficient in Long Fist, Straight Sword, Staff, Chain Whip etc.
Teaching Achievements within Martial Arts
Beginning and Intermediate Level Instructor of Wushu at South Coast Martial Arts
South Coast Martial Arts Kids Acrobatics Coach
Head Trainer of the Kids Acro Camp Summer Series at South Coast Martial Arts
2014 Teacher Interview
1. How did you first start practicing Wushu?
I saw my friends practicing Wushu on my lawn and wanted to start right away. They took me to their studio (South Coast Martial Arts) and I've done it ever since.
2. If you did not start practicing Wushu do you think you would of found another fighting style or sport?
Yes. I've been surrounded by all kinds of sports, including fighting sports.
3. Is there any similarity between gymnastics and wushu?
Definitely. They both have acrobatics and routines, both of which take time and preparation.
4. What inspires you?
The people around me. I'm very blessed with certain circumstances that I've come across in my life, and everyone I meet or surround myself with really help me with my goals that sometimes seem out of reach. That is such an inspiration to me to keep going, to fight on, even when I feel like giving up.
5. What are your future aspirations?
To make a difference in people lives and in my future children's lives.
6. Do you have a role model or belief/ code that you live by?
I always tell myself that everything happens for a reason and so far it seems to be true.
7. If you had a superpower what would it be? Or what's your spirit animal?
I would definitely want to fly!
8. What is your favorite move or style?
My favorite move is a front stretch kick.
9. Have you expanded your knowledge outside of your style?
I'd like to think so. But there's still so much to learn.
10. Anything else you would like to add or that you think people should know?
I love meeting new people and learning new things.