Black belt Rio shows he’s a knockout in the world of martial arts
HE might be just 10-years-old but Rio Davies is one martial artist with the world at his feet.
The youngster from Cimla is celebrating this week after achieving a black belt in the non-contact Choi Kwang Do.
His remarkable effort has been aided by the help of his instructor and uncle, Andrew Jones,30.
He said the Crynalt Primary School youngster had made the family very proud.
“It is a non-contact martial art, for self defence and keeping fit,” he said.
“When I was younger I wanted to get into martial arts and found this.
“There used to be a school in Neath ages ago but it stopped.
“Anyway I run Neath Choi Kwang Do at Cilfrew Primary School and Rio started when he was about five-years-old.
“He has come on leaps and bounds, he been brilliant.
“He had to do lots of work on the bag, sparring work, lots of technique work.
“He has done so well, especially for his age, he is the youngest person in Wales to gain a black belt.”
Choi Kwang Do was formed in the late 1980s in South Korea.
Due to its non-contact element it is not designed for competition.
And with Rio doing so well and Andrew running the school, Choi Kwang Do is slowly taking over the family.
“I have got my sister, Nicola, starting it now,” Andrew added.
“I am so proud of what he has done, especially being his uncle and teacher.
“He is really active, he plays football and is a massive Swans fan.
“His dad Jason is a season ticket holder and he goes with him.”
Rio’s mum Alison said: “We are really pleased with how he has done, we are so proud of him.”