Feisty Charli thrives at a fast pace

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Saskia Adysti

Katan­ning’s Charli Caldier­aro has won four gold medals in Brazil­ian jiujitsu in just 12 months.

Charli’s mother Jodie Moloney said her daugh­ter had al­ways been gifted in sports but her bold per­son­al­ity let her thrive in a con­tact sport.

“She’s got quite a feisty na­ture about her­self and she doesn’t get up­set eas­ily - it re­ally suits her na­ture” Ms Moloney said.

Charli started prac­tis­ing Brazil­ian jiujitsu when she was seven years old and she won her Na­tional Cham­pi­onship af­ter only six months prac­tice.

The young­ster, now eight years old, won two State cham­pi­onships, one na­tional cham­pi­onship and the Perth Cup ti­tle ear­lier this year.

“She trained four times a week and that is by her own choice,” Ms Moloney said.

“She just loves it so much and she’s just nat­u­rally gifted at it — she picked it up re­ally fast.”

Jodie said her daugh­ter’s ded­i­ca­tion to jiujitsu had also helped her dis­ci­pline and fo­cus in school.

At the mo­ment Charli is busy train­ing for her next na­tional cham­pi­onship in Mel­bourne at Nine Dragon Mar­tial Arts Academy.

Eight-year-old Charli Caldier­aro has grabbed na­tional, State and Perth ac­co­lades af­ter tak­ing up jiujitsu a year ago.

Charli Caldier­aro trains hard.

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