Toormina?s karate kid
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IF any Toormina High students are in the habit of pushing in to avoid a wait at the canteen, thay had better think twice about standing in front of Kristy Lanser.
The 13 year-old black belt is more than likely to make you think twice about doing it again.
Kristy taken to Karate like a duck takes to water.
Starting out as a nine year-old, it took Kristy less than three years before she was awarded her black belt.
And she has continued since then, being awarded her second dan in August last year, as well as continually adding to her impressive array of trophies and medals.
In each of the last two years, Lanser has received a Hall of Fame Award from ISKA (International Sports Karate Association) for her expertise.
More remarkable is that only one of these Hall of Fame awards is given out in Australia each year for each age group.
While satisfied with the trophies she's received in the past, Kristy shows a maturity beyond her years when she's able to put it all behind her and look forward to the challenges ahead.
"There's always another tournament coming up," she said.
"Next is the Central Coast Cup on June 19."
Kristy's Sensei, Peter Williams believes the reason for his student's success is simple.
"It's her focus and dedication," he said.
"A lot of other students train only once a week, but Kristy trains every time.
"It takes a lot of dedication to achieve the awards that she has.
"She's self motivated and her Mum has no excuses to make Kristy miss training.
"The car could break down and she'd still find a way to get here."
To prove that Kristy's dedication to her martial art is a rarity, Williams quoted a statistic proving that she is a 10,000-1 shot.
"Out of every 100 karate students, only one gets to the black belt level," he said.
"Out of every 100 black belts, only one goes on with it and she'll keep going on."
And that spells bad news for Toormina students.
Kristy's friends are already using her when they're looking for back up.