Faith Murphy has a good head start on her goal of attaining a black belt in taekwondo.
On July 3, the 9-year-old yellow belt from Wais Martial Arts Academy in Tracy finished just shy of a national championship.
She won the silver medal in the 8-9 girls ninja sparring competition at the USA Taekwondo National Championships, July 1-7 at the San Jose Convention Center.
Faith was one of 12 competitors from Wais Martial Arts at the event, but she was the only one to bring home a medal this year. Her division included six other girls, and Faith won two matches to get to the final, where she lost on a 5-4 decision.
Faith is going on her second year of taekwondo, and this was her first national competition. She works out at Wais Martial Arts Academy five days a week.
“It keeps me busy,” she said. “I feel like I have to work hard.”
Her mother, Anna Gonzalez said that taekwondo sparring had turned out to be the right sport for her otherwise shy 9-year-old .
“At first she was nervous, but now she loves it,” Gonzalez said. “She’s constantly working out and doing exercises at home.”
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