Tara LaRosa grew up on a farm in a small town in South Jersey. She played field hockey, basketball and softball in grade school and high school and field hockey for Catawba College in Salisbury, NC (96-2000). In college, Tara trained and competed in judo and then went on to compete in jiu-jitsu and submission grappling tournaments, quickly accelerating to training in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), or Ultimate Fighting.
Tara began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing in Sept. '01 at Team ROC (http://www.teamroc.net/), a Royce Gracie affiliated school. The head instructor, Greg Thompson, was a black belt under Royce and the next highest ranking instructor was Aitor "Spenser" Canup, a brown belt, and Tara's main instructor. Tara received her purple belt in Oct. '05 from Royce Gracie, and was brought on as an assistant instructor at Team ROC Fayetteville, in NC. During her time in Fayetteville, Tara also taught Modern Army Combatives and is level 2 certified.
In April 2006, Tara moved to the Pacific Northwest to concentrate on her MMA career. She trained and fought out of Yakima MMA in Yakima, WA., owned by Rich Guerin. In April 2007, Tara moved to Boca Raton, FL., where she trained for 6 months at Charles McCarthy's ATT affiliated school.
Tara returned to her hometown in September 2007 after the death of her boyfriend SFC Adrian M Elizalde who was killed when an IED hit his truck on Thursday August, 23rd 2007 in Al Aziziyah, Iraq. He was 30 years old.
Tara is currently a member of a MMA team in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Fight Factory, coached and lead by Steven Haigh that had produced Eddie Alvarez, who also fights for BodogFIGHT.
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