By Mark McConville
MEET the multiple World Champion martial artist described as the ‘Queen of Kicks’ who credits Tai Kwon Do with her ability to walk after breaking her back in a horrifying car accident.
Incredible images show professional martial artist Jewelianna Ramos (19), practising her kicks as she stops her foot inches from a man’s face, posing with her titles and wielding a sword in her other role as an expert swordswoman.
Other striking pictures show the beautiful teen in her everyday life as she enjoys a night out with her boyfriend, poses in a dress and practises her kicks wherever she goes including the beach and the mall.
Jewelianna from Miami, Florida, USA, won her first world title at the age of 13 at the International Martial Arts Festival in Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
“I won that and have been a featured athlete every year since,” she said.
“I have also won two world titles in the North American Sport Karate Association which hosts huge competitions all over and people from all over the world come to compete at the highest level.
“I have been involved in martial arts since the age of three and my father was my instructor. It runs in my blood. I’m 19 years old now, been training for 16 years and competing for 10 years.
“I have multiple world titles in traditional forms and traditional weapons. I’m best known for my sword and as queen of kicks for high strong kicks.”
Jewlianna is a third degree black belt in Jhoon Rhee style Tae Kwon Do and is currently testing for her first degree. She credited martial arts with helping her become more confident and disciplined as well as overcome issues she had with high school peers.
Martial arts also played a huge role in her recovery after she herniated three vertebras and fractured other small bones in a car accident in November 2015.
“It is because of martial arts that I am walking today,” she said.
“I was the first car at the light, I got a green arrow and I began to turn as a car going 70 miles per hour and texting ran his red light and hit the front axle of the passenger side, making my car spin while the seat belts fractured, bruised and cut me.
“I hit my head on the wheel and the air bags burnt me. When I got out the man in the other car refused to get out of the car and say sorry or confront me. I was by myself so I called my parents who were only 15 minutes away, thank god.
“I had so much adrenaline but when it subsided and I was in the ambulance the paramedic keep assuring me that he was watching my vitals and that if I stayed positive I would make it to the hospital.
“When I got there they put me immediately on morphine and it made me laugh so it would move me and I would cry and laugh at the same time from the drug and the pain. They took me to do my first set of tests and when they got the results they said I was not allowed to move, not an inch, and to start my IV for potassium and more morphine because I was no longer allowed to eat a crumb of food or a drop of water.
“They then told my parents that I was being prepared to go into back surgery any moment. My father refused and they took me back for more tests to make sure that if I was going to have back surgery it was absolutely necessary. My parents feared that I could have been paralyzed or they could cause damage to my spine.
“They ran more tests so for three days I had no food and water and they kept coming in to remind me to start getting used to the fact that I may walk again if I was lucky, but that martial arts was done for and that I would not be active again.
“I went into a depression and my parents stayed with me day in and day out praying and crying with me. They finally came in on the morning of the fourth day to say that the final test they did came in and that I didn’t need surgery but plenty of physical therapy, that if it wasn’t for my back flexibility and being in such good shape I could have lost it all.
“In reality martial arts saved my life, martial arts mindset saved my soul. For months to come and even now I can still hear, smell, and feel that car accident. Even when my mom is driving sometimes I will freak because certain roads or turns remind me of it.
“I didn’t drive for a year and a half and when I did I had a panic attack and my body even started to harm itself by creating too much stomach acid that it burned the lining of my stomach.
“Doctors prescribed me with Xanax, which I knew was highly addictive and even used as a street drug. I said no way and little by little, by using my breathing and meditation I had learned through the martial arts to overcome pain and stress, I used it to overcome my fear of driving and now I just recently bought a brand new car with my boyfriend because we are always on the road. The martial arts taught me that I can overcome anything with my mind.
“After eight months of physical therapy I trained for two months and competed at an international event and won first and second. I then realised that martial arts gave me no limits; that my mental was stronger than my physical.”
Jewelianna thinks martial arts can help people overcome anything after her recovery from her significant injury and explains why she loves it.
“I love how it helps people overcome things,” she said.
“It is for anyone of any age. It has helped change people’s lives and it makes you connect with people and yourself. It makes you mentally and physically strong. It is my passion and through that I have impacted so many people.
“Martial arts isn’t meant to be everyone’s passion but it is important that everyone knows how to defend themselves. Martial arts can surprise you. You will be able to do things you never thought you could.
“Even the smallest thing could start an avalanche so be the change you want to see in the world because you could start something that changes the world.”
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