Black Belt at 11 years old

Monday, August 12, 2013, 14:35

Courtney Vella is only 11 years old and has already obtained the Black Belt in Kickboxing.

This makes him the youngest student to ever achieve this level in this sport. When he was only six years old Vella began training at Ying Yang Team Noel Kickboxing Club. Since then and under the leadership of Master Noel Mercieca he improved his ability in the practice of this sport.

Even though he is just 11 it is not the first time he took part in competitions, both on local and international level. Vella had his first experience on the ring in 2010 in Scotland with a team which represented Malta. The event was a competition for the world title between athletes from all over the world. In his category there were four athletes and although he did not win he showed great courage when faced an athlete who had much more experience in the ring. Since he started training with Team Noel he participated in both Kickboxing and Boxing competitions.

To achieve the Black Belt Vella was examined on how to teach discipline, stamina,kickboxing techniques and the use of such techniques in sparring. After an examination of four hours, where he showed discipline and ability in all the sections divisions, he conducted the most difficult part. That of a workout of 15 minutes on the focus mats which involves a lot of stamina.

Along with Vella, there were two other athletes from Team Noel that went for the Black Belt. They also had to make the same sections as Vella to achieve this level. Courtney is now part of the 15 Black Belts in Team Noel Club and in the future will see him represent Malta in international competitions.

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