OSU! MAGAZINE would like to introduce Paige Etheridge to the OSU!MAGAZINE team.Paige saw a Martial Arts commercial when she was a kid and instantly wanted to be a black belt. Her mother brought her to a Villari’s dojo and she was hooked. She achieved black belt after five and half years of training in this mixed system before MMA became popular. The day she earned it was the most painful but empowering day of her life. She trained in U.S. Goju, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Krav Maga, and a few other systems . Now she wants to give back to the community that gave her strength to say no to nay sayers, defend herself as well as those she loves, and chase her dreams.