Valery and Maria Bystritskii recently earned their black bars in Mixed Martial Arts, which are equivalent to black belts in other styles of martial arts. Valery and Maria earned the bars after years of training and competition as members of Bunny Hawkersmith’s Children’s MMA program. Pictured, from left, are trainer Dr. Albert Bystritskii, Valery, Maria and trainer Bunny Hawkersmith.
NOTE: The paragraph above is copied directly from the Herald Chronicle of January 13, 2017.
Master Hawkersmith expanded on the above article with the following personal statement:
“Valery and Maria earned their black belts in Taekwondo several years back at my gym and continued to accomplish the same in MMA. They are the first two children to earn their black bars in my children’s MMA program. I continue to be proud of their accomplishments and growth and count myself fortunate to have been a part of their lives.”
–Master Bunny Hawkersmith