MMA Fighter Bryanna Fissori: “If I could promote one principle that would inspire wellness in the most people it would be the importance of restoring balance in your body”



Everyone is at a different place in their wellness journey. If I could promote one principle that would inspire wellness in the most people it would be the importance of restoring balance in your body. We live in a stressful time that encompasses not only mental stress, but also physical stressors like environmental toxins or genetic defects that throw the body out of its ideal rhythm. Homeostasis refers to the concept that a body or cell will work to monitor and maintain a certain state of equilibrium in response to various factors.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Bryanna Fissori. Bryanna is a professional female boxer, MMA fighter, and coach working full time providing educational content development and legal support for Receptra Naturals CBD company in Colorado.


Thank you so much for doing this with us Bryanna! What is your “backstory”?

Ten years ago I moved to Hawaii on a whim, without knowing a soul on the island. I stayed in a Waikiki hostel for weeks with a bunch of amazing, crazy foreigners before finding roommates on Craigslist. My identity was stolen during this time and I ate mangos off trees to get by. Sometimes my hostel roommates would leave snacks in my sleeping bag for me, which was a lifesaver.

I found employment as a veterinary technician where I worked full-time while attending law school. I’ve always needed an athletic outlet, so I answered a Craigslist ad for sparring partners. Brave or dumb? That’s hard to say. Two years later, I was fighting live on Spike TV.

Today, I am an active professional competitor and boxing coach, the captain of a women’s MMA team, and a full-time content developer for Receptra Naturals in Colorado. Oh, and I did finish that law degree.

Can you share the interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

I was approached by a CBD company on Maui about becoming a sponsored athlete.

I received the package in the mail days later and opened it to find an amber bottle that had a single white sticker label, like the kind you would use to put names on cubbies. It simply said “CBD oil.” Being the optimist that I am, I took a dropper full before practice.

And that was my first time being high… which should not happen if you are taking hemp-derived CBD! It was a weird practice, to say the least. I am so glad there are now regulations in place for labeling.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I was cutting weight for a fight in Argentina and when my coach and I arrived there we were informed that I would need to weigh in eight hours sooner than I had anticipated. That was a problem because I was still ten pounds above weight.

I jumped into a hot bath as soon as we got to the hotel room at 1 am. I cooked myself so much that you probably could have eaten my fingers with some BBQ sauce. In my final attempt to lose the last few pounds, I put on a sauna suit and hit the streets of third-world, back-alley Argentina. Apparently dogs run wild in Argentina, and I was being chased by at least a dozen, in the dark, at five in the morning. You can’t make this stuff up. It felt like I was in a corny version of a Rocky movie.

I made it back to the hotel — probably beating my high school track record — and lived to tell the tale. But I strongly suggest that you avoid the “chased by wild dog method” if you’re looking for quick weight loss!

Are you working on any new or exciting projects now?

One of the most exciting things I am working on now is collaborating with the Receptra Naturals research and development team to produce products that truly help support active lifestyles like mine. I can’t say too much but I can tell you that is going to change my post-training recovery routine and it’s going to be great!

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My head MMA coach of ten years, Guy Orogo, will never be accused of being the sweetest man on Earth. In fact, for my first few months of training I was convinced that he truly disliked me. He just isn’t the kind of guy to make light conversation or give you a casual smile. And that, my friends, became a quest for me. This coach was going to like me, or at least tolerate me!

So, I kept showing up. I kept getting my butt kicked and I did it with a smile. I only had a bicycle to get around while living in Hawaii and soon enough he was asking if I needed a ride. Maybe he just felt bad for me, but over time he became my biggest supporter (often my biggest critic) and sometimes the only person I thought cared enough to believe in me, not only as a fighter but as a person.

I drove his Smart Car intermittently through most of my stay on the island (when he wasn’t making me push it uphill for cardio). We split a Costco Card. We picked each other up from the hospital multiple times. He traveled with me to compete on some of the largest stages the industry has to offer and some of the sketchiest ones as well.

Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that will help people feel great?

When I think of lifestyle tweaks, what comes to mind is the phrase “take the stairs.” It is a great suggestion, but some people have bad knees and that’s just not a great idea. Here are a few things that everyone can do.

1. Drink more water. Your pee should be clear.

2. Get quality sleep. You need it more than you think.

3. Use CBD daily. Your body will thank you. (I use Receptra Naturals.)

Is there a particular book that made an impact on you? Can you share a story?

Atlas Shrugged, written by Ayn Rand, is one of my favorite books because it has helped me appreciate the power of an individual and influence of independent thinking. I love how Rand glorifies purpose and productivity. She crafts these ideals as an integral part of achieving joy while asserting that there is no shame in happiness or success through hard work and ingenuity. Though I may not agree with each and every principle represented, it is a powerful work of literature that I turn back to whenever I hesitate to dream big.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

Everyone is at a different place in their wellness journey. If I could promote one principle that would inspire wellness in the most people it would be the importance of restoring balance in your body. We live in a stressful time that encompasses not only mental stress, but also physical stressors like environmental toxins or genetic defects that throw the body out of its ideal rhythm. Homeostasis refers to the concept that a body or cell will work to monitor and maintain a certain state of equilibrium in response to various factors.

The endocannabinoid system works to maintain homeostasis by using cannabinoid receptors to monitor reactions in the body. When a discrepancy is detected, cannabinoids are synthesized to interact with receptors. Then they stimulate a chemical response to address the issue. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to keep the body in balance. Though eating correctly and minimizing exposure to toxins can also help promote homeostasis, taking CBD is something that virtually everyone can do to optimize balance and wellness.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

As a professional martial artist, I teach free women’s and children’s self-defense classes regularly. I am truly blessed that I have not had to use my specific skill set outside of the cage or ring, but I know there are others who are not so fortunate.

Receptra Naturals has also reached out through our Receptra Gives program to support the use of combat sports to inspire positive changes such as youth boxing programs and Parkinson’s awareness.

What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why? (Please share a story or example for each.)

  1. It is okay to rest. This is something I have struggled with throughout my entire life. I’ve always had an underlying fear that someone is out there working harder than me. I spent a lot of time half-awake because of that. I can’t recall how many times my criminal law professor slammed a book on my desk to wake me up during lecture. Lack of rest also slows down mental and physical recovery. I still have plenty of days that I am surviving on caffeine, but those days are no longer the norm.
  2. Do the things you are afraid of. I had to discover this one on my own. In fact, that is how I ended up in Hawaii, ended up fighting, and also ended up taking a chance on CBD. There is a sense of freedom in trying things that are scary, whether you fail or succeed.
  3. Failure is not the end of the world. After winning my first six fights in a row, I was terrified that losing would change how people thought of me, that my identity was linked to my win — loss record. It turns out, that wasn’t the case. The people who were worth having around didn’t go anywhere and I became stronger because of those losses. I don’t believe this truth is unique to fighting: “You win or you learn.”
  4. Don’t sit in water hot enough to boil an egg. I went into shock cutting weight in a bathtub that was way too hot. It was a very, very bad idea.
  5. Japan Makes Wasabi Kit Kats. This is definitely something someone should have told me before I traveled to Japan to compete. I came home with all kinds of awesome Kit Kats (chocolate wafer bars), and my favorite is the green tea variety. I reached into my assorted bag and took out a green Kit Kat while I was working and shoved it in my mouth before taking on my next assignment. It wasn’t green tea and though I love sushi, I really don’t like wasabi. Instant regret.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”?

“The first step is the one you believe in. The second one might be profound.”

-Shinedown

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them 🙂

Chris Pratt seems like he would be a lot of fun. I was an extra in Hawaii for the Jurassic World shoot and his interactions with the other extras were hilarious. I would love to pick his brain about life on the island, his faith, his wrestling background, and his weight cut strategy. I just have a feeling he’s got some great stories.

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Thank you for all of these great insights!


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