Danielle Martin makes life look easy in her stunning modeling pictures, but those images do not tell the story of her tumultuous journey to becoming the Jiu-Jitsu black belt she is today.
In high school, Danielle was homeless and slept in a campground restroom.
Her mother made some bad choices selling methamphetamine and went away to prison and her father was not there for her.
But instead of becoming another statistic, Danielle fought her way through hardships and has shaped an inspiring life.
After high school, Danielle found herself in a whirlwind as a professional surfer, model and TV personality.
She grew up in Hawaii where she began surfing when she was seven years old. Her passion for surfing lead to sponsorships from O’Neill, Rip Curl and others.
Professional surfing led Danielle to modeling jobs with major national brands like Nordstrom, Nike and Reebok. Danielle was also featured in magazines like Sports Illustrated, Shape, Health & Fitness and Surfing.
After a chance encounter on the beach, Danielle was invited to host a television show that led to roles on shows like Dirty Jobs on Discovery, Planet X on the FOX Network and Pro-Truck TV on Speedvision.
In addition to her professional career, Danielle has won multiple championship Jiu-Jitsu medals at the National, Pan American and World tournaments while progressing through the belt ranks.
Today Danielle is a motivational speaker and founder of True Boundaries — a personal protection and self-empowerment company.
Danielle started when Jiu-Jitsu schools were hard to find and she had to drive two hours round trip to get to academy.
“I don’t really know why I was drawn to it, but it was probably because I grew up not feeling safe,” Danielle said. “I think I was subconsciously preparing myself for the worst.” Continue reading