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6-YEAR-OLD EARNS BLACK BELT GIRL IS ONE OF YOUNGEST IN TAE KWON DO.



Byline: Serena Maria Daniels Special to the Daily News

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 and standing about 3 1/2 feet tall, Ariana Hernandez showed her high-kicking abilities, breaking boards held over her head.

Three years ago, the 6-year-old West Hills girl started studying the Korean martial art martial art

Any of several arts of combat and self-defense that are widely practiced as sport. There are armed and unarmed varieties, most based on traditional fighting methods used in East Asia.
 tae kwon do tae kwon do

Korean martial art resembling karate. It is characterized by the use of high standing and jump kicks as well as punches and is practiced for sport, self-defense, and spiritual development. In sparring, blows are stopped just short of contact.
. Every week she practices kicks, punches, other moves - and proper behavior - at two or three 50-minute classes. Twice a month, she spars with other students.

On Saturday, her dedication all paid off: She received her black belt, symbolizing sym·bol·ize  
v. sym·bol·ized, sym·bol·iz·ing, sym·bol·iz·es

v.tr.
1. To serve as a symbol of:
 proficiency pro·fi·cien·cy  
n. pl. pro·fi·cien·cies
The state or quality of being proficient; competence.

Noun 1. proficiency - the quality of having great facility and competence
 in the martial art - one of the youngest in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 to accomplish such a feat.

``I'm really excited. Ariana has seen many kids drop off, but she stuck with it,'' said her mother Magaly Hernandez.

Ariana and three other young black belt recipients at the International Tae Kwon Do College demonstrated the skills they learned before family and friends Saturday at Shadow Ranch ranch, large farm devoted chiefly to raising and breeding cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. The cattle ranch was introduced from Latin America to Texas and the plains of the W United States and Canada.  Park in West Hills.

While tae kwon do teaches students many physical defense techniques, it is really not about fighting, said Ariana's instructor, Master Jin Park, who teaches at the West Hills martial arts This is a list of martial arts, broken down by region and style. African martial arts
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 school.

Studying martial arts, Park said, teaches students how to be more disciplined in other aspects of their lives.

In addition to learning defense techniques, students under 13 years old must show self-control and respect for other people.

``We don't want to give someone a black belt and not have them know the rules of tae kwon do,'' said Park. ``They must know how to act inside the home and how to be kind to their friends.''

Ariana is Park's youngest student. Often, her classmates Classmates can refer to either:
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  • Classmates (film), a 2006 Malayalam blockbuster directed by Lal Jose, starring Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Indragith, Sunil, Jagathy, Kavya Madhavan, Balachandra Menon, ...
 were adults. She tested for the black belt in May, while she was still 5.

``It can be really hard to keep up the motivation, but Ariana is very talented in that way,'' said Park.

Another black belt recipient, Christian Joya, 12, said he is better-focused as a result of taking the classes. Christian has been studying tae kwon do for two years.

``This type of stuff is good for Christian so he knows how to defend himself and stay away from trouble,'' said his uncle, Carlos Alfaro, who came with the rest of his family to watch the demonstration.

For most students, it takes about three years to earn a black belt, depending on their level of commitment.

``It really depends on the students' willingness to learn,'' said Mina Park, the school's manager.

Of Ariana, Mina Park said: ``Ever since she started, she did very well and spent a lot of extra time at it.''

Ariana's mother and father Efrain said their daughter has always been talented at whatever she tries, whether it be chess, fencing fencing, sport of dueling with foil, épée, and saber. Modern Fencing


The weapons and rules of modern fencing evolved from combat weapons and their usage.
 or swimming.

``Since she started this at such a young age, we thought she might shy away but she's out there two or three times a week,'' said Magaly Hernandez. Along with their black belts, the students each received a presidential physical fitness certificate, signed by President George W. Bush. Once their paperwork is completed, they will also receive official certification from Korea.

With that certification, Hernandez and the other black belt recipients will be eligible to take their skills to higher levels. There are nine levels of black belts that students can receive.

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