Taekwondo starlet Ranugi gets black belt aged eight

Ranugi DeSilva (8) with taekwondo instructor Tony Curtis.
Ranugi DeSilva (8) with taekwondo instructor Tony Curtis.

YOUNG taekwondo star Ranugi DeSilva has achieved a black belt at just eight years old.

The pocket rocket started martial arts at age three because her father wanted her to learn stranger awareness and self-defence.

Ranugi has been training at ATI Martial Arts in Scarborough for five years and instructor Tony Curtis said she was the youngest student he had ever awarded a junior black belt to in taekwondo.

“She is a tiny little girl with the focus of an adult and heart of a lion,” he said.

“She is always smiling when she come to training and is a joy to teach.”

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