After taking muay Thai classes at a local gym to continue her athletics participation, Bethany Marshall was approached by one of her instructors about working on grappling.
She didn't know it then, but the teacher thought she might have a future in MMA. She just wasn't totally comfortable taking part in a full class.
Marshall had shown evidence of successful MMA qualities in her family background and experiences. She could perform, a trait she inherited from a father who once played guitar for a 1970s Christian rock band (in fact, how he met her mother). She also is committed, which was underlined during the summer when she broke from serious training to help care for her boyfriend, who was being treated for testicular cancer.
The instructor urged her to reconsider the grappling, even offering private instruction until she was comfortable. When she emerged from that underground training, she was ready for a promising career.
"He worked with me individually for almost a year," Marshall told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Then I went in with everyone else, and I loved it." Link