HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA (CNN/WCMH) — Not many people can smash through concrete or snap a board with the palm of their hand, but one Halifax grandmother can.
Hanna Fraser is hoping she earns her black belt this weekend. The 72-year-old will become the third-generation black belt in her family. To qualify for her black belt test, she had to fight her own daughter, who also has a black belt.
“I think I want to show her a good fight, I want to show her moves,” Hanna’s daughter Adelle Fraser said before the fight. “I’m hoping she does a cut kick and stops one of my spinning kicks.”
By earning her black belt, she joined her daughter, granddaughter, son-in-law and grandson, who all have black belts.
“Let’s put it this way, I’m the last hold out in the family,” Hanna told CBC News. “There are certain expectations.”
Hanna has been practicing taekwondo for four years now. She began training after she had a heart attack in 2012.
“Compared to then, two years [ago] and now, she’s much better than before,” said Master Woo Yong Jung, who took on training her for free. Jung is also training Hanna’s family, and he developed a special training regimen to get Hanna back on her feet.
Hanna has come a long way since she started training. Now, she can fight in hand-to-hand combat, disable an armed assailant and split wood with her bare hands and feet. In order to secure her spot in her family of black belts, she had to do something she had never done before: break through concrete twice, and she did it.
“It feels very good,” Hanna said.
Now that she has her black belt, Hanna says she is going to train for her second-degree black belt. She will take the test a year from now.