CARMEL VALLEY — At 12 years previous, third-degree black belt and martial arts prodigy Channah Zeitung carries an enormous stick all over the place she goes.
“The bo employees is my greatest good friend,” Channah instructed The Coast Information. “I’ve at all times had it with me. I take it on planes, within the automobile — even when I don’t have to make use of it.”
Channah, who started her martial arts coaching on the age of two, is an 11-time American Taekwondo Affiliation (ATA) world champion and six-time Pan American titleholder.
By age 4, Channah grew to become the youngest three-time California State Champion in ATA martial arts.
Earlier this yr, she obtained a World Baby Prodigy Award within the sports activities and martial arts class from Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in New Delhi. She was additionally named an ATA model ambassador.
However as a toddler, Channah recalled martial arts wasn’t essentially her first selection.
“I first began off with dance, but it surely wasn’t my jam,” Channah mentioned. “I cried each time I went and I didn’t prefer it. Fortunately, there was a taekwondo studio throughout the road.”
And the remaining is historical past.
As we speak, Channah is a junior teacher at Church’s Martial Arts in Encinitas and Carmel Valley. Beneath the course of Grasp Trish Church, co-owner of Church’s Martial Arts together with her husband Chief Grasp Ken Church, Channah has devoted hundreds of hours over the previous decade towards perfecting her craft.
“We owe Channah’s success to Church’s Martial Arts,” mentioned Gloria Zeitung, Channah’s mom. “It’s not simply kicking and punching. It’s a tremendous program. With out them, she wouldn’t be who she is. They’ve made her mentally and bodily robust.”
Trish Church seen Channah’s intense work ethic, focus and eagerness to be taught had been distinctive, particularly for a younger baby.
After getting into the college’s Legacy program, Channah shortly grew to become a celebrity at Church’s studio, which has been serving North County college students for greater than 30 years.
“[Channah] was a two-year-old taking all courses all day lengthy and actually began accelerating her studying,” Trish Chuch mentioned. “Then I began working together with her privately and put her on the match circuit. She was the spotlight. She was so lovable, photogenic and bubbly.”
Channah has additionally studied underneath distinguished martial arts figures, together with Jackson Rudolph, a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo and a 12-time Worldwide Sport Kickboxing Affiliation (ISKA) U.S. Open weapons champion (Rudolph at the moment has gained probably the most males’s U.S. Open titles in historical past).