World's youngest female karate black belt arrives in UK for sparring

The world's youngest female karate black belt, Varsha Vinod, 5, the girl from Allappuzha, India has arrived in the UK for a spar with the British champion.

In May, Varsha became the youngest ever girl to get an officially recognised black belt. High-kicking Varsha faced up to British Karate Federation Champion Juan Moreno in London.

Luckily the match-up was not for real, although dad-of-two Juan, 31 years her senior at 36, admitted he was shocked at just how good Varsha was.

He said: "She is the ultimate karate kid. It's hard to remember she is just five. Her skills and concentration are amazing."

"I have two young children myself but I couldn't imagine them putting in the concentration and effort Varsha has.

"I think it is an extraordinary achievement how far she has come in just a few short years."

Varsha has been training since she was just two years old and has already got 15 katas, or disciplines, of karate under her belt.

Her skills also include the mastery of deadly martial arts weapons including the yawara stick, or chinese stick, and the nunchucks.

Varsha, who is a student at the KoInChi Academy of Martial arts in Allappuzha, India, has to train for a gruelling two and half hours a day to keep her skills fresh.

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