Cen Cali Heroes: Fresno 13-Year-Old Achieves Junior Black Belt, and She Feels Like a Million Bucks
Aug 03, 2016 03:47PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
Just turning 5 Mary was still too young to join the Karate Kids group so Pacific Martial Arts created a red, white and blue belt just for her and has been the only one in PCA history to earn it.
Gallery: A Brief History of Mary Topoozian's Karate Career [9 Images] Click any image to expand.
We were able to get in touch with Mary and learn more about her exciting achievement.
Congrats on the accomplishment, Mary! How long have you been practicing karate?MT: I started karate when I was 2 1/2 years old as a little ninja along with my big brother Mark. My mom said we had too much energy so karate helped us release some of our energy along discipline, focus, coordination and respect you learn while doing karate. At the age of 5 I had to break 1 board with my foot to earn my little ninja black belt. So my journey continued and my goal was to earn my junior black belt before I entered high school.
How long did it take you to get a black belt?MT: It took be 11 years to achieve my goal.
How did achieving the black belt make you feel?MT: Achieving my black belt made me feel like a million bucks. It's a goal I've worked very hard for. All the years of tears, sweat, bruises, time and hard work paid off to reach this goal.
What do you plan on doing next?MT: I am continuing my karate so by the age of 16 I would be eligible to test for my adult black belt.
When you'd not working on getting your black belt, what else do you like to do for fun?I am starting Bullard High School and want to get involved in leadership, clubs, meeting new people, trying out for the tennis team, and volunteer at children's hospital and the California Armenian home. I will also continue karate to achieve my adult black belt before I turn 16 and also help my sister Macyn achieve her black belt by next year.
Way to go, Mary!
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