Awards cer­e­mony a thriller for young­sters

MAR­TIAL ARTS

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

UXBRIDGE young­sters with an in­ter­est in mar­tial arts were awarded their belts and cer­tifi­cates by Michael Jack­son’s former body­guard.

Matt Fid­des, founder of the Matt Fid­des Mar­tial Arts com­pany, guarded the king of pop for 10 years be­fore the singer’s death in 2009.

Chil­dren aged three to six learn about life through the medium of mar­tial arts while on the Mighty Matts pro­gramme at MFMA.

As well as ba­sic self-defence, young­sters are also taught about con­cen­tra­tion, good be­hav­iour, stranger dan­ger, co­or­di­na­tion con­fi­dence, re­spect and self-con­trol.

The chil­dren who had been in­vited to grade were pre­sented with their colour belts by deputy mayor John Hens­ley and deputy may­oress Diane Hens­ley, as well as Master Fid­des, at an awards cer­e­mony in Hilling­don.

Sharon Wol­s­ten­croft, co­or­di­na­tor at MFMA, said the young­sters were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the break board ex­am­ples from se­nior black belt stu­dents.

Ju­nior and adult stu­dents who had been in­vited to grade in Septem­ber were also pre­sented with belts and cer­tifi­cates. Ten se­nior Matt Fid­des stu­dents also re­ceived their hon­ours af­ter com­plet­ing an in­tense four hour panel grad­ing on Oc­to­ber 10.

Amardeep Gill, Spencer Pow­ell and Janushan Gnana­paskaran achieved 3rd De­gree Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at just 14 years old.

Ravin­der Sethi, Tan­ishka Seith, Aysh­mit Singh Sethi and My­olan Reedy achieved 1st De­gree Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion while Poppy Reddy and Jill Pow­ell achieved deputy black belt sta­tus and Amy Ver­hoven achieved red belt.

In 2015, ju­nior MFMA stu­dents Al­fie Humphries, Tan­ishka Sethi, Aysh­mit Singh Sethi, My­olan Reddy, Ka­rina Jhuti, Wik­to­ria Kwas­n­jak, Spencer Pow­ell, Amardeep Gill and Janushan Gnana­paskaran also took part in the Matt Fid­des Ju­nior Cer­ti­fied In­struc­tor Train­ing Course.

They at­tended a train­ing week­end with other stu­dents from across the south of England as they prac­tised their teach­ing skills and in­structed lessons.

All nine MFMA stu­dents were awarded their cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and ju­nior in­struc­tor badges.

n BEL­TERS: MFMA stu­dents and Hilling­don’s Deputy Mayor and May­oress

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