Four-year-old gains yellow belt with Childsafe Martial Arts

Four-year-old Leah Wadley with martial arts instructor Eddie Quinn.

Leah Wadley with martial arts instructor Eddie Quinn


Leah Wadley might only be four years old but she is already following in her late grandfather’s footsteps by showing great promise in the sport he loved.

Leah recently achieved a yellow belt, becoming the youngest student to pass a grading exam at Solihull-based Childsafe Martial Arts.
Her late grandfather, Les Goldingay, was a martial arts enthusiast, and a close friend of Leah’s instructor, Eddie Quinn.

“We’re so proud of her,” said mum, Jodi. “Dad was a real enthusiast of martial arts for keeping himself fit and safe, and he would be so pleased to know that Leah was sharing his passion.”

Leah was only five months old when her grandfather lost his battle with cancer but after learning all about his life she said she wanted to take up martial arts in his memory.

“She knows all about her granddad and asked if she could do it,” Jodi said..

“Though she’s only four, Eddie was very enthusiastic about encouraging her, and she absolutely loves it.

“The classes are fantastic – Eddie makes it fun, and it’s brilliant for children; it’s all about giving them confidence, discipline, co-ordination and self belief, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.”

Eddie – whose company Team Approach has been teaching self defence and martial arts to children and adults in Solihull for 15 years – said he was delighted to welcome Leah to his Tuesday classes at Monkspath School in Solihull.

He said: “Les Goldingay was a brilliant guy and is a much missed friend of mine.

“Les had an amazing enthusiasm for martial arts, so it’s wonderful that Leah is continuing the trend.”
Leah is already demonstrating a real talent too, according to Eddie.

He added: “She works extremely hard, and she has really earned that first belt – I’m convinced it will be the first of many.”

* For more information about Eddie Quinn’s Childsafe Martial Arts classes in Solihull, email theeddiequinnap