CHANNAH ZEITUNG: I like learning new things
because it makes me happy and I wonder, ‘Wow!
How would it look?’ And that’s what I
like about Taekwondo.
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: I am Channah Zeitung, I am
nine years old, a four-time world champion
and a second-degree black belt.
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: I like doing my weapon form
because it’s very fun and it gets me in
the motion, in the feeling.
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: There’s lots of different
weapons. I can mostly do every weapon; just
I have to do it correctly.
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: So Bo Staff is basically
a weapon that you cannot strike someone away.
I started when I was two and I started competing
when I was like, three or four.
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: And now I am where I am and
I got my world title.
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: My favourite thing is performing.
Mostly I look up to Jackie Chan and Bruce
Lee, everyone talks about them now and I want
to be just like them. I want to be the person
that they are talking about me, that’s amazing.
GLORIA ZEITUNG: She just is a normal kid.
But when you get to her taekwondo, she acts
like a forty-year-old woman. She does. She
is very business like.
PATRICIA CHURCH: I have been training Channah
for approximately four years. I have never
treated her like a child. She started with
me at two years of age. Her mom left her crying
and ran out of the studio. And I looked at
her and I said, ‘Okay! We are going to do this together.’
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: Ms Church, she pushes me
but I still love her. Because I know she is
helping me get to the best ability that I am.
PATRICIA CHURCH: She has a tremendous work
ethic, that’s amazing for someone of her age.
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: So how many hours and
how many times I practice a day? Well, I would
probably practice a lot, about ten hours a
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: Here is the true thing about
Taekwondo is about confidence. You have to
be respectful and you have to be confident
and you have to believe in yourself or else
you are not going to get where you want to
be in your life. And that’s what I have
been doing, to get to the level I am.
JOSE AGUILAR: I have been training her for
about seven, eight years. She has honestly
been one of my proudest students that I have
ever had the honour of training.
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: Mr Aguilar kept pushing me
to the limit where I got stronger and stronger.
JOSE AGUILAR: For a nine-year-old to be able
to do what she is able to do with her Bo Staff,
it’s unreal. For her to be able to keep
up with someone like myself, picking up the
speed, learning new tricks. She just does
not give up.
PATRICIA CHURCH: You can have your worst day
but you walk into that ring and suddenly you
step-up to that challenge and you can blow
that completely out of the water.
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: I really want to win but
you have to try hard to do it. I have to push myself.
GLORIA ZEITUNG: I think Channah is going to
utilise her talent and her drive that she’s
gained from her training towards anything
she wants. She loves performing. She likes
the wow-ing factor. She also really loves
PATRICIA CHURCH: I always say this; my heart
can take me places that my body cannot and
I think that’s a large part of Channah.
There is a lot of heart because she has a
lot of love for what she does.
JOSE AGUILAR: Basically, working with Channah
has taught me if there I something in life
that you really want to achieve, anything
CHANNAH ZEITUNG: I have never gone higher
actually because Taekwondo has been my thing
since I have been three or two because I love
my sport. My dream would be is how you say
an action actor. I want to be an actor that
does Taekwondo. I want to be that person that
makes the world happy. Some kids are very
shy, not confident in themselves, don’t
believe in themselves – Taekwondo makes
you feel strong. It makes you feel good when
you perform, it makes you feel confident and
believe in yourself. When I perform, I am
so excited, not nervous, you know, that makes
me feel really happy.