A Year 6 student who has been practicing the Choi Kwang Do form of martial art since she was five years has finally earned a highly ranked black belt.
Shania, a pupil at St Helen’s School in Northwood, has been practicing the uncommon field of martial arts for nearly 6 years under the guidance of the Musa Martial Arts Academy, also located in Northwood.
Having made her way through fourteen other coloured belt rankings in her time practicing the fighting sport, Shania earned her black belt after a gruelling two-hour long grading examination, that proved all worth it when she earned the prestigious ranking.
The achievement is made all the more special when it’s taken into account that Shania spent a good portion of her recent training at home during the recent COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Shania refused to let this get in her way however, training virtually with the academy through online lessons.
A spokesperson for St Helen’s School said: “This is an incredible achievement! Shania’s journey is only just beginning, and we wish her every success as she builds on her tremendous commitment and hard work.”
Choi Kwang Do is considered one of the most effective forms of martial arts in the world. Using natural moves inspired by yoga-based stretching, it enhances a practitioner’s health whilst they learn self-defence.