Exceptional Student Apr 2016

HAILEY D.

Has been chosen as Hikari Ryuza Center’s “Student of the Quarter”
Her recognition was based off of her extremely focused dedication in class, and as such has become a role model for her classmates. We interviewed her so everyone could get to know her a little better. Without further ado, we present: Hailey!

Student of the Quarter - Hailey

Interview with Hailey

by Professor Shizumi

P: How old are you?
H: I’m 13.

P: What grade are you in?
H: 6th.

P: Do you have a favorite color?
H: (laughs) I guess, blue.

P: What about a number?
H: 3
P: Guess what? That’s my favorite number too!

P: When did you start training in Hikari Ryuza Bujutsu?
H: It was last year, sometime before school started.

P: What is your favorite roll?
H: Actually, I like Tachi-Ageru Yoko Chugaeri (Standing Side Somersault)

P: How about your favorite fall?
H: Chuegari Sutemi because it makes you slide more, even though you’re not supposed to.

P: And what is your favorite technique?
H: I’ve never had a favorite, but I like the one where you go under their arm and twist up (demonstrates)
P: Kata-Te Tori Shi?
H: Yes!

P: What are your reasons for studying Hikari Ryuza Bujutsu?
H: I was just always interested in Martial Arts and wrestling, so I thought I would try it and I liked it.
P: That sounds like why you started, but why do you continue to train?
H: Cause it’s a lot of fun and it teaches me to defend myself.

P: What are some of the important things you are learning?
H: To defend myself, self-discipline, Bujutsu

P: Why do you think I often choose you to assist me?
H: Because I pay attention and I don’t mess around as much.

P: If you wanted to invite a friend to Bujutsu, what would you say or do?
H: You should go to Bujutsu with me because you will learn self-defense and it is fun.

P: What is your favorite part of class?
H: I like coming here to learn and to see good people surrounding me and helping me.

P: Can you tell us something about yourself that maybe not everyone would know?
H: I like to swim, I swam for four years in Maui. I did wrestling for four years in Maui also, but the weird thing was when I came here and nobody was my size, so I couldn’t do it.  (I tried to put weights in my jacket.) I ride a horse once a week. It’s actually jumping season, so I’m going to start jumping over little poles. And I love spaghetti!

P: What are 3 goals that you currently have?
H: I want to get good grades and I want to get really far in Bujutsu and horseback riding. This one is weird, but I like to stretch when I’m at home. Splits and there is this stretch called the Scorpion. (Demonstrates kicking leg up behind back and grabbing toes) – But I can’t do it yet.

P: How far do you want to go in your Bujutsu?
H: I was actually thinking about this the other day. I want to go through all the junior ranks before I try to go through the adult ranks.
P: So, what does that mean?
H: It means I want to go as far as I can.
P: Well how far is that?
H: Junior Black Belt.
P: Do you want to be an adult Black Belt?
H: Yes, of course; doesn’t everybody?

* Hailey also got straight A’s on her recent report card! Fantastic effort, girl!!!

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