Fighting to the Top: Ellianna Abbott

Ellianna Abbott competes in Dominican Republic at Judo competition. Her sisters are nationally ranked at Judo as well.

Posted: Nov 11, 2021 12:45 AM


Broussard, LA (KADN) -- Ellianna Abbott has been a judo fighter since she was eight. She is the 3rd ranked girl in the United States in the 13 and 14 year old age bracket.

"It is just an extra class at my old gym and we just tried it and I really liked it," Ellianna explained.

Ellianna is one of four American girls her age to qualify for the 2021 Infantil Pan American Championships in the Dominican Republic this weekend. Her dad Russell also fights. He says Ellianna started winning when she learned to be more aggressive.

"I don't really know why It was just kind of a mind block and I got over it," Ellianna said .

"I guess she didn't know how to use her strength for the longest time," Russell Abbott said. "Then once she figured that out it started to happen more frequently and more fluidly."

Every win inspires Elianna's two younger sisters Evangeline and Libby. They are also nationally ranked.

"I am very proud of her," Evangeline said. "I feel like other girls are going to be inspired and follow in her footsteps."

"She inspires me a bunch to go to the Pan American games," Libby said.

Both sisters and their mom are coming along to Dominican Republic. They have to arrive early to meet all the Covid-19 protocols.

Russell Abbott doesn't have any boys so he has to be careful so his daughters don't beat him up one day.

"With three daughters in martial arts, It's only a matter of time before they get closer and closer to beating me up," Russell said.

"Yes! absolutely. That's true," Ellianna said.

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