Annette Watson (back row, far right) with students and instructors (front, from left) Mark Finlayson, Lisa Marx and Richard Marlin.
Annette Watson (back row, far right) with students and instructors (front, from left) Mark Finlayson, Lisa Marx and Richard Marlin.

Annette is young at art

ONE could be forgiven for think that, at 66 years of age, one would sit back, happy with her achievements in life.

Not Annette Watson.

In 2003, Watson read an advertisement for a free two-hour session teaching women self-defence at a local martial arts school.

“That two-hour session at Success Martial Arts (SMA) became a seven-year odyssey bringing me to a point where I now have my black belt in Karate,” she said.

“Because I took the opportunity to continue, I developed greater self-confidence along the way, opening a new dimension to my life.

“I’ve been challenged physically and mentally but I realise the importance of commitment and discipline in maintaining fitness, which has proven to be worthwhile.

“I now feel a confidence in myself that was not present before I began this journey, and am now more focussed on myself as a person who can achieve. This is a dream come true.

“Martial arts are good for children to either build self-confidence in those who need it, or grounding for those who don’t.”

SMA Master, Richard Marlin, said he felt that depending on her willingness to learn and accept the challenges, Watson would make a good fist of it.

“Because of her age, I felt it could be more challenging for her that for someone younger,” he said.

“She is the oldest student to have attained a black belt at SMA, the previous being a 69-year-old Goonellabah gent.”

Age was never an issue.

Watson belongs to a select group of people who have attained this level in their chosen martial art.



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