“The 2011 Pan will be the same as always: really tough and really fun”

Hillary Williams, divided between the Pan and her unusual thesis / Photo: Regis Chen

The female division at the Pan coming up later this month is starting to take shape. As ascertained by, many-time world champion Hannette Staack is another big name to bolster the lineup.

Current middleweight champion of the world Hillary Williams is another found out will be at the biggest Jiu-Jitsu tournament of the season up until now.

Although she says she’s plenty excited about the 2011 Pan, Hillary says she’s sleeping poorly. But the blame doesn’t fall on her opponents or the adrenaline inherent in competing.

“This year’s Pan will be the same as always: really tough and really fun. I don’t know exactly who will be in it, but for sure the usual girls will be there, opponents as tough as they are good people. That’s why I’m excited. The problem is that I’m in my final semester of the first stage of med school, studying and training the whole day. That’s why I’m having so much trouble finding time to sleep,” she says.

And what does the champion have in mind for her thesis?

“I opted for a theme with a philosophical slant to itl, to not be stuck only in medicine. I’m writing about the development of the female identity in a men’s sport like Jiu-Jitsu,” she said in summary.

This student gets an A+.

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