Heather Gibbon’s interest in self-defense training and tactics began in high school while watching her mother, a police officer, practice submissions. For the eight years that Gibbons has been a personal trainer, she has searched for functional training methods including CrossFit, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and even part-time manual labor. She trained briefly in traditional boxing and Muay Thai before focusing her energy on BJJ. Her instruction began with Marcelo Alonso, a fourth degree black belt under the late Carlson Gracie. She worked with Alonso for five years and moved up in ranks to her present purple belt. Recently she resuscitated her Muay Thai skills when she began training with Ben Blackstone, a brown belt under Alonso. Currently Gibbons coaches at CrossFit Eastside and trains BJJ four days a week. With the individual coaching, Gibbons plans to compete for Blackstone Fitness in a tournament this March.