Martial arts sisters: Help us go to the world championships

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TWO YOUNG sisters who have dominated the martial arts scene in the UK hope to represent their country at a world championship competition in the US next year.

Last weekend at the 2015 Junior Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) European Championships in Wolverhampton, the Blackman sisters fought their way to victory both bringing home gold in their belt and weight divisions.

The young sisters Nia, 11 and eight-year-old Zuri have dominated the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu this year winning array of medals including British and English Open Championships, making their schools, their Battersea-based Jiu-jitsu club and their family immensely proud.

“We are exceptionally proud of the sheer dedication, hardwork and effort they put into their training. The awards and medals are a byproduct of that determination and focus,” the girls’ mother, Sherise Blackman, told The Voice.

The youngsters have now secured their spots at the IBJJF Kids Pan Ams World Championships in Los Angeles, California, on February 14 2016, flying the flag for Great Britain in an attempt to become World Champions.

They recently started a crowdfunding justgiving page to raise funds for the next step in their jiu-jitsu journey.

The family is hoping to raise £1,100 so the two girls can compete in LA. The money will go towards flights, accommodation and entry fees. So far, £265 has been raised.

Their mum continued: “I hope you’ll join us in trying to rally as much support in the local community for our girls. They are both so dedicated and work very hard to be the best. The girls give 110 per cent to their Jiu-Jitsu, constantly training before and after school along with weekends.

“Nia is already ranked No.1 female yellow belt in her weight division. It is really inspiring to witness young kids give so much to their dreams at such a young age.”

The proud mother added: “We hope our girls will continue to champion martial arts for young girls as the benefits are amazing.”

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