Michelle Carpenter

MIJO Little Kickers advance to next level

The Taekwondo tots, aged three to five, are first to earn yellow stripe

The Little Kickers, a preschool level Taekwondo group with Mjio Sport, earned their first level belt, the yellow stripe on March 15.

Three kids, aged three to five, learned the basics of the Korean martial art, obtaining skills like basic stands, blocks and self-defence.

According to Michelle Carpenter, teacher and co-founder of MIJO Sport,  the kids had been training for five months.

The group is the first to earn a yellow stripe with Mijo Sport in Sooke.

Although the group usually trains at SEAPARC Leisure Complex, the kids earned their yellow stripe status at Saseenos Elementary, in a room of older Takwondo students.

Carpenter said the three preschool aged kids were nervous at the prescence of older kids, but eventually got comfortable enough to be examined.

The next step for the Taekwondo kids is the yellow belt.

MIJO Sport has locations in Colwood, Oak Bay, and the Comox Valley, and also offers fitness training programs.

“Things have been going really well and my programs have been well received in the community,” Carpenter said.

MIJO Sport has World Taekwondo Federation status, making it an Olympic sport.