Awards ceremony a thriller for youngsters
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