SKILL and discipline are two attributes which can take years to develop in any sportsperson – and in the fine art of ju-jitsu they are more prized than most.
Yet one young girl has mastered these in a remarkably short time, showing ability beyond her years.
Amy Bradley, 12, has been practising ju-jitsu for three and a half years. She’s a black belt.
The Shevington High School pupil from St Helens ju-jitsu club, based in Appley Bridge after a move, has had to negotiate 13 grades before she was allowed to take her black belt grade - which she passed with flying colours to become the club’s first girl to reach that stage.
Under Sensei Brian Moore’s tutorship, Amy is well versed in the art of hand to hand combat, as well as using short weapons, such as nunchucks and swords.
Mum Janette said: “I’m made up and her tutor is really pleased.
“She was a bit nervous but when she first started and was very timid – now she has come on a lot and gained in confidence.”
Amy is one of only two girls in her 31-strong class and Janette is proud of her daughter after her impressive progress.
“She really enjoys it,” said Janette.
“Weapons training is abit strange for a girl – very few and far between.”
Amy now wears a blue suit with her black belt, to symbolise her grading.