Mini ninjas kick up a treat to show real girl power

thisisoxfordshire: From left, Lara Plested, eight, Chloe Wood, nine, and Alisha Pitts, 10 show off their martial arts skills Buy this photo From left, Lara Plested, eight, Chloe Wood, nine, and Alisha Pitts, 10 show off their martial arts skills

CHLOE Wood, nine, Alisha Pitts, 10 and Lara Plested, eight, demonstrated their karate skills at a community “sports day” in Oxford’s Bonn Square.

The brown-belt fighters were representing Oxford Sport and Traditional Martial Arts, which runs classes across the county.

During the day on Sunday they spoke to people interested in learning martial arts and showed off their kicks and punches.

Chloe said: “It was a really fun day.

“My favourite part was the demonstrations we did.

“I like karate because lots of my friends do it and self defence keeps me safe.

“We also learn about stranger awareness.”

Dad Paul Wood, from Bicester, is chief instructor of the group and has been practising martial arts for 25 years.

The 38-year-old said: “It was a good chance to show people how to get involved and we had some big crowds for the demonstrations.

“They got a fantastic reception.”

The event was organised by sportswear chain Decathlon, which is set to open a shop next to Seacourt Tower, Botley, on Thursday.

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