A big guy with arms the size of your waist is usually the one most people want to have their back in a fight, but, if there’s anything to be learned from martial arts movies, it’s that you must never underestimate small girls.
Taylor Parr, an 8-year-old student at Deane’s Black Belt Academy, is one such girl.
Parr led the kids from Quesnel in a successful weekend at the Grand Prix of Tae Kwon Do in Kamloops, May 12.
Each competitor chose from five categories: traditional Korean patterns, high kick, sparring, chanbara and a choice between kickboxing or Olympic tae kwon do.
Parr chose to compete in each of the categories and medaled in every category, with a gold in sparring and patterns and silver in the other three categories.
Parr, who said she felt excellent about her performance, said her favourite category of the tournament was chanbara, a form of padded weapon sparring.
“I like it because you get to hit people with foam swords,” said Parr.
Twenty-two other competitiors from Quesnel brought a total of 72 medals back home: 11 golds; 16 silvers and 45 bronzes.
Competitors ranged in age from 5 all the way to 38.