Fairfax County School Girl Tackles Stereotypes On Wrestling Mat

Brianna Ta studies at one of the most sought after high schools in the D.C. area, Thomas Jefferson High School, in Fairfax County, Virginia. She maintains a 4.2 GPA and wants to continue in the field of computer science. But when 16-year-old Brianna Ta isn’t hitting the books, she is on the wrestling mat squaring off against boys and girls alike, as crowds shout her name from the bleachers. “It’s just great when you’re wrestling, and they’re just cheering you on,” Ta said.

According to wtop.com, “At the age of six, Brianna — who has earned the nickname of “the Warrior Princess” — started learning jujitsu. Wanting to try a team sport once she entered high school, she took what she learned in martial arts and applied it as a part of the wrestling team. This past weekend, Ta made history when she became the first girl from the capital region to compete in the state championships, held in Virginia’s Loudoun County.”

As per wtop.com, “When Ta began there wasn’t an all-girls team at T.J., this year Phillips said they have a team with eight girls on it, many of which he said were inspired by Ta. Ta said she does try to do her part by encouraging other girls to wrestle and has had girls come up to her and tell her she has inspired them to give the sport a try. Phillips said Ta is paving the way for more all-girls teams in the state, even though he knows some coaches are hesitant about establishing them.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.