A four-year-old martial arts enthusiast is helping the memory of her grandfather to live on by dedicating herself to the sport he loved the most.
Leah Wadley, who has already achieved a yellow belt, has become the youngest student to pass a grading exam at Solihull-based Childsafe Martial Arts.
Her late grandfather, Les Goldingay, was a martial arts enthusiast, and a close friend of Leah’s instructor, Eddie Quinn.
“We’re so proud of her,” said mum, Jodi. “Dad was a real enthusiast of martial arts for keeping himself fit and safe, and he would be so pleased to know that Leah was sharing his passion.”
Leah was only five months old when her grandfather lost his battle with cancer four years ago. But as she got older and started learning about her grandfather, she expressed a desire to take up martial arts
“She knows all about her grandad and asked if she could do it,” Jodi added.
“Though she’s only four, Eddie was very enthusiastic about encouraging her, and she absolutely loves it.
“The classes are fantastic – Eddie makes it fun, and it’s brilliant for children; it’s all about giving them confidence, discipline, co-ordination and self belief, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.”
Eddie – whose company Team Approach has been teaching self defence and martial arts to children and adults in Solihull for 15 years – said he was delighted when Leah first turned up to one of his 40 minute Tuesday classes at Monkspath School, Farmhouse Way, Solihull.
“Les Goldingay was a brilliant guy and is a much missed friend of mine,” said Eddie. “Les had an amazing enthusiasm for martial arts, so it’s wonderful that Leah is continuing the trend. She works extremely hard, and she has really earned that first belt – I’m convinced it will be the first of many.”
* For more information about Eddie Quinn’s Childsafe Martial Arts classes in Solihull, email: email@example.com.