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  • Writer's pictureRowena Lee

Student Hall of Fame: Hannah A.

Hannah FINALLY started her Kung Fu training last year, following in the footsteps of her two older black belt brothers. When her brothers started, they were very shy at first and it took awhile for them to fully participate in class. Hannah is the exact opposite! She has a fearless spirit and jumped right into class! She has maintained this attitude and energy throughout her training, determined to achieve all FIVE of the TIGER Achievement patches ASAP! I am so happy to witness such dedication and focus from a student as young as her, and more importantly a student who is friendly and so confident. After about a year of hard work and dedication, I am proud to introduce the second TIGER inductee into our Student Hall of Fame... Hannah A.!

At age 6, she has attained all FIVE TIGER Achievement Patches (Split Club, Power Kick, 1st Weapon, Academic, Strong Stance). You can read more about them here.

Below are a few words from Hannah regarding her training and motivation!

Name: Hannah A.

Age: 6

Q. How long have you been practicing Kung Fu?

I've been practicing Kung Fu since September of 2018. I began when I was 5 years old and first starteed Kindergarten. 

Q. Do you do any other physical activities besides Kung Fu? If yes, how has Kung Fu helped you?

Yes, I play competitive soccer. Kung Fu has helped me by improving my speed, reaction time, and kicking power. 

Q. Why did you start practicing Kung Fu?

I started practicing Kung Fu because I grew up watching my two older brothers practice their Kung Fu. I was so excited when I finally got to step on the "blue part" of the mat!

Q. What has been the most significant benefit or change since you’ve been practicing Kung Fu?

The most significant benefit since I've been practicing Kung Fu is my increased endurance. I used to get tired after only 15 minutes of class. Now, I can last through the class with no problem!

Q. What is your favorite thing about practicing Kung Fu?

My favorite part about practicing Kung Fu is learning my forms. I used to watch my brothers practice their forms at home and it looked so complicated. Now, I don't find them complicated and my brothers help me at home.

Q. What is your least favorite thing about Kung Fu?

My least favorite thing about Kung Fu is repeating the same combination drills a lot. I get bored sometimes. 

Q. What advice would you give someone who is hesitant to try start Kung Fu?

The advice I would give someone who is hesitant to start Kung Fu would be to just try a few classes. I was nervous at first, but I got used to it really quickly. 

Q. What is your most sought after Kung Fu goal?

My most sought after goal of Kung Fu is to obtain my Black Belt like my brothers. My short term, immediate goal is to learn how to jump over the Kung Fu pads with two feet at the same time. This might seem like a small goal because it is easy for a  lot of kids. But, I have always had a hard time with it. I've improved a lot since I started, but I still have a ways to go. 

Q. What do you enjoy doing outside of Kung Fu?

I enjoy soccer, swimming, roller skating, jumping on my trampoline, drawing, dancing, singing, acting, riding my bike, and watching Barbie and PJ Masks on my iPad. 

Q. Any advice you would give your younger self about practicing Kung Fu?

I would tell my younger self to take as many classes per week as possible because it makes it easier to remember everything and to not run out of energy in class. 

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