GREAT MOVES: Sebastian Clarke, 11, has overcome his nerves and made friends through studying martial arts.
GREAT MOVES: Sebastian Clarke, 11, has overcome his nerves and made friends through studying martial arts. Alistair Brightman

Karate kid kicked nerves with martial arts

SEBASTIAN Clarke first began karate studies aged five to fight the shyness he felt when talking with others.

His mum Melissa said he was too nervous to make friends with the other kindy kids at the time and needed a confidence boost.

Six years on, the 11-year-old ninja kid now helps teach self-defence tactics to children and adults, including how to ward off an armed attacker.

"He has changed so much since when he first started," Melissa said.

The Urangan Point State School student leader, who trains four times a week, has just earned a half black and red belt in Kumiai-Ryu.

He will travel to Port Macquarie in August to begin the next chapter of his self-defence studies, where he will cross from the junior to senior syllabus. 



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