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Bonsall student takes 4 World Champion martial arts titles

BONSALL – What does a reigning world champion in Martial Arts worry about? According to the four-event-winner of the National Martial Arts Alliance World Championship, it's "passing the eighth grade."

Bonsall Unified School District student, Liberty Hale, 13, wasn't always crazy about the idea of doing martial arts. Even though her older sister, Maile Hale, a junior at Bonsall High School, mother Tara Hale and father Micah Hale, all compete in and hold a collection of mixed martial arts and martial arts championships of their own.

Liberty recalled, "I first got into martial arts because I was being bullied. I did it for confidence. It builds integrity. Martial arts changed everything for me."

In July, Liberty competed in seven martial arts World Championship events in Denver, Colorado. She earned the World Championship title in "traditional forms, combat sparring, sword sparring, and elevated weapons form."

According to Liberty, "now it's going to be even more challenging, because the competition will be coming for me next year. They've seen what I can do." In addition to her four world titles, Liberty also placed second in Kamas which is her favorite event.

Next year, she plans to take them all. "I want to go as far as high as I can until my body won't let me or if life leads me to other places." Liberty also loves to sing and perform. She imagines that one day she might become a stunt person for movies and television, but first she must complete the eighth grade.

Submitted by Bonsall Unified School District.

 

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