Two teens from Chorleywood are excited to announce they had their taekwondo grading for their black belts and passed.
Sienna Bowsher and Hollie Downie, who both attend Total TKD TaeKwon-Do, have been training for this moment for the past eight years.
They both started Taekwondo when they were just five years old.
Speaking to ChorleywoodNews, Sienna said: “Hollie and I both started Taekwondo when we were just five, we have trained together since that point. To achieve the grade of black-belt at 13 and to be Total TKD Chorleywood school’s first black-belts together is amazing.
“I enjoy Taekwondo because it gives me self-confidence, a great understanding of self-defence and respect for others. I especially enjoy learning and performing the patterns. It is great to be a girl involved in a sport that is often more associated with boys.”
Hollie added: “Taekwondo is a lot of fun. It’s good exercise and it’s great to be part of the club. I love it that Sienna and I have trained together from our first grading through to black belt.”
Chanelle Kelly, who trained the two teens, is very proud of them.
She said: “As-well as it being a huge achievement for two of my students to receive their black belts it has also been an achievement for myself to have trained them for the last eight years to become my first students to reach this level.
“Even through COVID-19 , when we have been allowed, my students have been training all the way through, with social distancing at Chorleywood Primary School, where I teach every Saturday and Wednesday as-well as group zoom lessons during the lockdowns.
“I absolutely love teaching the children the art of TaeKwon-Do and helping them to gain confidence as-well as learning self defence skills and I am looking forward to being able to begin face to face lessons again in April.”
Chanelle is offering the first lesson at the club for free, if interested phone on 07912349533 or message on the Facebook page; “chorleywoodtaekwondo”.