Renee Danielli has received her black belt in combined martial arts. Here she displays a take down to her instructor David Digiovanni from Hervey Bay Combined Martial Arts.
Renee Danielli has received her black belt in combined martial arts. Here she displays a take down to her instructor David Digiovanni from Hervey Bay Combined Martial Arts. Karleila Thomsen

Black belt a proud achievement

IT HAS taken Renee Danielli four years and a lot of pain to get her black belt in martial arts – but she is so proud she did.

This year the Hervey Bay woman will join the international circuit, starting with a meet in Brisbane in March, and she will also be starting weapons training soon.

While she was working towards her black belt she also did a course to become an instructor and will now teach self defence to women for the Hervey Bay Martial Arts Club.

Danielli specialised in pressure points, which means she can defend herself with very little effort.

Her instructor and fiancé David Digiovanni couldn’t be prouder of her.

“What she has achieved is very impressive,” he said.

“Her self-defence is very strong – no one would be able to touch her.”

David has watched her develop during her time with the club and he knows she will continue to go from strength to strength now that she has achieved her aim of reaching her black belt.

All her hard work has paid off and now she is looking forward to the next phase of her training.

She will now receive a Samurai sword and will continue with the next phase of her training, which will take two or three years to complete.

David is looking forward to taking his club to Brisbane to compete and there will be plenty of juniors and a few adults from the club that will be looking to make their mark at the meet.

David also has a few goals of his own – he is hoping the club will improve its ranking this year and number among the top 10 clubs in Queensland.

David, who has instructed Renee for about four years, admits that he has always been a tough taskmaster but believes that is part of the reason Danielli has become so good at martial arts.

“I was really, really hard on her,” he said wryly.

He also takes a lot of professional pride in her achievements and is glad he was able to help her achieve her success – even if there were a few bumps and bruises along the way.



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