Surrey CometMitcham gran gains martial arts black belt (From Surrey Comet)

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Mitcham gran gains martial arts black belt

Surrey Comet: Monica Senior, 69, has a black belt in Chow Kwang Do Monica Senior, 69, has a black belt in Chow Kwang Do

A pensioner who knows how to pack a punch has achieved the remarkable feat of gaining a black belt in martial arts.

Monica Senior, from Evelyn Road, Mitcham, said she no longer needs a walking stick and has vastly improved her mobility and fitness after four years of intensive training in Chow Kwang Do.

The 69-year-old, who suffers from arthritis and diabetes, said she started taking up classes four years ago after taking her nine-year-old granddaughter Maicah.

She said: “I find the speed drills very difficult and I’m obviously not as fast as everyone else, but I’ve been told my punches are very impressive.

“I’m actually a very passive person and I don’t believe in violence, but this is the best form of exercise I can do because it doesn’t put too much stress on my joints.

“This has given me mobility to walk and flexibility I never would have dreamed of a few years ago.”

Vince Cassar, the academy director of the Cassar Academy in Aberconway Road, Morden, said Monica’s achievement was nothing short of “remarkable”.

He said: “Before she joined us she really struggled to get up the first floor and she just had a knee replacement.

“I told her it was never too late to start and that I’m sure we could develop a training programme that would really suit her.”

She has even recruited her 70-year-old husband, Curtis, to take up classes and he is currently on course to get his own black belt by the time he turns 71.

But, she insisted: “We are a very peaceful family.”

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