Emma has been training in martial arts since the age of five. In addition to taekwondo, Emma does judo, jiujitsu, and hapkido. She also competes in forms, board breaking, and weapons, and has won multiple state, regional, and national championships.
Emma enrolled in Great River Connections Academy in 2020, as she was entering her freshman year. According to her mother, Melissa, the Gerhardts made the decision to enroll Emma in the online school so she could effectively balance her training schedule with her academic responsibilities. They had always heard great things about the online school from other athletes who attend the school.
Emma added that Great River Connections Academy gives her the opportunity to train, work, and compete in the sport she is passionate about without any pressure, and she can go at her pace if she stays on top of her schoolwork. She said it was a proud moment for her to represent her school during the competition, as she wore a Great River Connections Academy shirt on the medal podium.