As a child growing up Maryann has always been shy around others. She quickly discovered her loved for movement as she thrived in physical activity environments and made friends easily that way despite her shy personality.

Maryann found her passion for martial arts at the age of eleven and has stuck with it ever since. She practiced  Karate and Tae Kwon Do then eventually discovered  White Dragon Martial Arts while in college where she got the opportunity to teach private lessons and group classes. She would eventually earn two black belts in both Choy li fut Kung fu and Yang style Tai Chi. Throughout her 9 years working at White Dragon Maryann has competed in several tournaments and would consistently earn gold medals in sparring, grappling and tai chi push hands.