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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Congratulations Leila and Roman - Kung Fu Burbank News

We're pleased to congratulate our longtime students, Leila Murphy and Roman Romero, on achieving the highest sash (a.k.a. belt) rank in the Tigers Kung Fu system: the rank of Junior Si-Heng!

Leila, Sifu Tei, and Roman
Jr. Si-Heng is only achieved by the most diligent and committed Tigers (ages 5.5 - 7). Leila and Roman both began studying with us in 2009 as Little Pandas, graduating to Tigers in 2011.

Here's a photo of Roman several months into his Pandas training back in 2010, posing with Sifu Tei at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo:

Here's Leila back in April 2011, showing off her martial arts graduation trophy for progressing from Pandas into Tigers:

The sashes help teachers keep track of what the student has already learned, should currently be learning, and is preparing to learn in the near future. It is also a source of motivation for students, especially children, who seek to commemorate their hard work and earn the privilege of learning more advanced material after mastering the basics.

I'm so proud of these two. They were both quiet and shy when they started -- Roman memorably sobbed through his first few classes -- but have since blossomed into confident leaders who love assisting with the Little Pandas classes and are exceptionally patient with newer Tigers who are learning the ropes.

-Sifu Nancy, Program Director & Kung Fu Los Angeles staff