Hannette Staack is “BACK”!

735_lgAccording to her FB status, Hannette Staack states, “IM BACK!”, and she truly is. After a little over 1 year off from competing, Hannette was ‘on a roll’  beating Hillary Williams 18-0 but lost in the finals by an advantage point to Luanna Alzuguir. Then went back to train and refine her techniques and won the 2011 Worlds in her weight class. After training in Rio the rest of the summer for the ADCC, Hannette is back to her school in Chicago, IL to finish up her training and was gracious enough to take the time to sit down with Fightergirls.
Hannette seems as focused as ever on the ADCC and will need to be with some tough competition such as Penny Thomas, Cris Cyborg and Gabi Garcia in the +60kg bracket this year. When asked who she is looking forward to competing against, she stated that she doesn’t focus on ‘who’. “I want to compete with the best girls. But I want to focus on my first match and win. And then I will look on to the next one. There are a lot of good girls in my division and I don’t underestimate any of them.”
Hannette has been MIA from the competition circuit for a little over a year so she could focus purely on her new school in Chicago, IL with coach and husband, Andre Negao. Brazil 021 is located in River North in downtown Chicago and is one of 6 in the world (4 in Brazil and 1 in Houston). “I was really sad to be gone from the competition scene but I needed to focus on business. If you want to be really good, you need to focus purely on BJJ and at the time I needed to change my focus.”
But Hannette is happy to be back! “I love competing! I was born for this!”

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