By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie

INCREDIBLE Channah Zeitung is already a four-time martial arts World Champion and second-degree black belt – and she’s only nine years old

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Entering her first competition when she was just three, Channah was inspired by watching her idols Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee and has always dreamt of following in their footsteps.

The little warrior, who resides in San Diego, California, specialises in Taekwondo and is particularly skilled with her Bo Staff weapon.

Training 10 to 12 hours a week, Channah became the youngest person to ever achieve a martial arts State Championship title when she was just four.

And now, the talented youngster has high hopes of turning her biggest dreams into reality as she aims to become a professional martial arts actress.

Channah told Barcroft TV: “I dream of being an actor that does Taekwondo – I want to be that person that makes the world happy.

“I’m just nine years old and I’m a four-time World Champion and a second-degree black belt.

“I really want to win, but you have to try hard to do that. I have to push myself. 

“I want to be the person that’s like ‘they’re all talking about me, that’s amazing.’”

Channah has already made several television appearances and has built herself a following online with thousands of people watching her content every day.

“My favourite thing is performing,” Channah said.

“Mostly I look up to Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee – everyone talks about them now and I want to be just like them.

“Here’s the true thing about Taekwondo, it’s about confidence and you have to be respectful. You have to believe in yourself, or else you’re not going to get to where you want to be in life.

“And that’s what I’ve been doing, to get to the level that I am today.”

Channah’s parents, Gloria and Jeffrey Zeitung, have always supported their daughter’s journey and have no doubt she will make it to the very top.

Gloria, 43, said: “She’s just a normal kid. But when you get to her Taekwondo she acts like a 40-year-old woman. She’s very business like.

“She loves performing, she likes that wowing factor and she also really loves challenges.

“I think Channah is going to utilise her talent and her drive that she’s gained from her training to do anything that she wants.”

Patricia Church and Jose Aguilar have also been key figures in Channah’s development, acting as her coaches in martial arts and Bo Staff for the majority of her years.    

Patricia, 50, who runs her own martial arts training centre, said: “The first time I met Channah, her mom left her crying and ran out of the studio.

“I looked at her and said ‘hey we’re going to do this together.’

“She has a tremendous work ethic that’s amazing for someone of her age.

“There’s a lot of heart in Channah, because she has a lot of love for what she does.”

And her Bo Staff coach Jose, 28, added: “Channah has honestly been one of the best students that I’ve ever had the honour of training.

“For a nine-year-old, to be able to do what she is able to do with her Bo Staff – it’s unreal.

“For her to be able to keep up with someone like myself, picking up the speed and learning new tricks, she just does not give up.

“Working with Channah has taught me that if there is something in life that you really want to achieve, anything is possible.”

And despite both Patricia and Jose pushing Channah to her limits, she is very grateful for how they have helped her to become world champion.

She said: “Miss Church – she pushes me, but I still love her because I know she’s helping me get to the best ability that I am.

“And Mr Aguilar too. He kept pushing me to the limit where I got stronger and stronger.

“I’ve never got tired, but that’s because Taekwondo has always been my thing. 

“Some kids are very shy, not confident in themselves, don’t believe in themselves – Taekwondo makes you feel strong.

“It makes you feel good when you perform, it makes you confident and believe in yourself.

“It just makes me feel really happy.”