“I’ve always been competitive,” Anna said. “Training every day makes me better.”
Anna grew up in Poland. Most of her family still lives there. She hasn’t been able to visit them in more than three years, a frustrating separation that was further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Anna planned a trip to see them in 2020, but the virus ruined those plans.
Missing time with her family is part of what inspires Anna to deliver her own version of a roundhouse kick to the virus: a shot in the arm. She admits having to overcome a fear of needles to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which her colleagues jokingly didn’t quite understand.
“They were making fun of me because I cage fight, so they were like, ‘How can you cage fight and be scared of a needle?’” Anna recalled, smiling from ear to ear.