The karate phenomenon in the Walia family has earned a chance to the first two of the three children to go into the world karate championships. Cassyra and Myah had began their training from their parents which had given them confidence to begin competing at the WKC National Martial Arts Championships and the red belt holder with two permanent black stripes, Cassyra has won gold in the 45-kg speed-fighting speed division there.
She is also the silver medal winner in the Korean and Chinese styles. Her sister who has got one black stripe has bagged a bronze in the above mentioned styles and is quickly catching up with her one-year older sister in the best karate skills.
Both are students at Carl A. Nesbitt Public School besides leading the world arena with their talents. They will head for Quebec this October for the WKC World Martial Arts Championships.
About the national championships Myah said, “(The nationals) was very nerve-wracking because we usually go to Ottawa, but this year we went to Montreal, and we didn’t know what the competition was going to be like. (The competition) was really intense and really good.”
Training hard is what both the sisters believe in. Gemmell Street gym is the place where they are likely to be found practising hard for every six days in a week. On Saturdays they practise with the Extreme Martial Arts squad and also teach the younger members of the KMAC family.
Cassyra has already been to nationals twice, on the other hand, for Myah it was her first time. Cassyra didn’t stop until she won a gold medal and a silver medal and wowed the judges with her deft karate skills. Currently they are the only two members of the KMAC team who are going for the world championships but they are helpful that rest of their teammates would also make it quick to the world stage.