“She joined taekwondo training at the age of 5, as a self-defense activity, but little did we know that she is going to excel at this sport and turn it into her passion”, recollects Mrs. Monika Taneja, Myra’s mother. Taekwondo is truly unique in offering a healthy mind, body, and lifestyle to all ages and anyone keen to embrace what martial arts has to offer. It’s heart-warming to see Myra Taneja, 9, to turn her interests in taekwondo into her passion and become a qualifying USA World Open Taekwondo Champion.
Starting at Taekwondo at an early age did give that extra boost of confidence to Myra, as she had been working passionately since April 2017 to achieve World Record in Taekwondo. In June 2018, her attempt got approved by the Guinness World Record, UK. She has been training under Grand Master M Jayanth Reddy, who is 8th Dan Black Belt and is himself a 29-times Guinness World Record holder; and has a renowned training academy. Myra’s father is an active Taekwondo practitioner and is one of her greatest inspiration. She did very well at the championship and was registered for four events in total and came out with flying colors in each of the categories:
- Height Board Break – Gold Medal
- Team Poomsae – Gold Medal
- Individual Poomsae – Silver Medal
- Sparring – Bronze Medal
From participating at District-level tournaments to representing Andhra Pradesh at State-level tournaments, Myra’s hard-work, determination and passion has helped her climb up the ladder all the way to USA World Open, where she was representing India. Through a Grand Master selection of over 300 other children, Myra surely sets an example for the saying ‘Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, and most of all love for what you are doing or learning to do.’
“I think this is an international win for Oakridge, one of the best IGCSE schools in Hyderabad too, we’ve had amazing support from everyone at Oakridge where I’d like to specially thank Vani ma’am (Spanish Teacher) who made Myra so confident in speaking Spanish and that led to her making good friends who were oh-so-impressed with her communication.”, says Myra’s mother.