I have been a competitive athlete since the age 14 when I began my martial arts career competing in tournament fighting and forms. I taught my first Karate class at the age of 15 and received my first degree Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate at the age of 17. Black Belt and Karate Illustrated Magazines acknowledged my abilities, rating me
I have been a competitive athlete since the age 14 when I began my martial arts career competing in tournament fighting and forms. I taught my first Karate class at the age of 15 and received my first degree Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate at the age of 17. Black Belt and Karate Illustrated Magazines acknowledged my abilities, rating me the #1 lightweight female fighter and forms competitor in the South and listed in the top 10 female competitors in the Nation.
In 1977, Ned McWherter and The Tennessee State House of Representatives honored me for my accomplishments.
In 1989, Levi Montgomery and I, created Priority One as a focal means of bringing our two professions together as one for presentation to the public.
In 1990 I began coaching and competing as a member of a 6 person national Karate team that consisted of 5 of my own nationally rated students. In 1995, as the oldest female member of the USA Kickboxing Team, I traveled to Stuttgart Germany where I competed at the World Games winning a gold, silver and bronze medal. Although I continue to practice privately, I officially retired from competitive Karate the following December.
Following my retirement from Martial Arts and as rehab for several knee injuries, I found another competitive outlet in weight training. I discovered the sport of bodybuilding which allowed me to fulfill the need “To Train and Compete” and was much easier on my joints. At the age of 43, I entered my first amateur body building competition, the Tennessee State Body Building Championships. I placed 1st in both my age and weight class. I continued competing and winning up to and including the 2005 Jr. Nationals, where I placed 7th.
Julia’s Body Shop, established 2003, is a ”boutique” studio specializing in fitness consultations, nutritional coaching and personal training.
I am not a drill sergeant; I’m a fitness professional and nutrition coach. I have been a successful competitive athlete all of my adult life and most of my youth. I’ve trained successful athletes, 5 year old children and 80 year old grandmothers. This is my passion. I truly love what I do. I have been fortunate enough in my career to have trained with wonderfully gifted teachers “of life”. My hope is that I will pass on a fraction of what I have learned from them. What I have to offer is the same energy, enthusiasm and attention that I would want for myself. My heart and mind are always open for learning. I have a lifetime of experience to share with you. If you are willing to be better, I’m willing to help. And I’ll bet we’ll both learn something in the process.