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.”