Young karate specialists showcased their skills in front of family and friends on Friday evening as part of the 2019 Karate Academy graduation at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay. Of the 150 who took part, 11 ranked up to black belts, while seven others received junior black belts. It’s an achievement that owner of Cayman’s Karate Academy Bob Daigle said takes five to six years and involves training in Krav Maga self-defence, kids martial arts and karate.

Sienna Romer, age 11, went through that process to earn herself a black belt on the night. “It feels really good to accomplish this. Last year when I did my junior black belt test, which was 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and then run a mile, and then this year, we had to do all of our forms and showcase what we learnt.” Coach Daigle also expressed his fondness towards what the students have achieved. “I’m really proud of the kids and how far they have come along with their work ethic and discipline. My goal is to continue growing the youth on island and allowing them to have a set of tools that they could teach others or put them to use if needed,” he said. Here are the names of the 11 students who received black belts.

1. Alvan Boxwell

2. Arianna Watler

3. Kimanie Frederick

4. Janie Gosselin

5. Isabella Seguin

6. Victoria Seguin

7. Sienna Romer

8. Tyler Bodden

9. Luc Sinton

10. Tevin Taylor

11. Isaiah Myles

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