A SCHOOLGIRL is the youngest karate kid in her club’s 25-year history to have been awarded a black belt.
Anjalee Dhaliwal, a student at Hartlepool’s Kihon Do Karate Club, which is based at Manor College of Technology, in Owton Manor Lane, earned the prestigious belt at the tender age of 10.
And Anjalee’s dad was delighted to hear her sensei Mick Stainsby say she was the youngest to achieve a black belt in his club’s 25-year history.
He said: “We’re very proud of Anjalee, she is such a great achiever and to get a black belt at the age of 10 is just fantastic.
“She was a very shy girl before she started karate, but it has given her a lot of confidence.”
Amar, of Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, added: “I’m really proud of her.
“She’s been doing karate for four and a half years and even her sensai said that is a brilliant achievement.
“She’s the youngest in the club’s history.
“She loves it and is very proud of herself too.
“We hope she continues to reach for the stars.”
During the physically challenging black belt grading, held in Derby, Anjalee, a pupil at Throston Primary School, displayed self discipline and strength.