Burnley College Sixth Form Centre student is British Ju Jitsu champion

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Burnley College Sixth Form Centre student is British Ju Jitsu champion

Advanced Level Sport student Rebekka (17) is a member of the college's prestigious Academy of Sport, where athletes can train and develop skills in their favourite sport alongside their academic studies. Rebekka trains regularly with the Academy of Sport's successful female footballers - under the guidance of former Burnley FC professional Gerry Harrison and coach Dan Trafford - to improve her fitness levels.

Former West Craven High School student Rebekka, from Barnoldswick, took the medal at the contest in Walsall and now has her sights set on the world championships and next year's British championships, when she will move to the adult classes and take on the nation's top fighters.

Rebekka has been developing her Ju Jitsu skills for 10 years after being introduced to the discipline by her uncle. She is a member of the Bushido Ju-Jistu Club in Barnoldswick and trains there up to four times a week, reaching Black Belt standard. Her previous achievements include earning a gold medal in the British Ju Jitsu National Champiosnhips in 2016 and silver last year, after injury forced her to pull out of the final.

Following her time at College, Rebekka plans to study on a sports-related university course in Burnley before working with children and young people to improve their fitness and encourage healthy lifestyles. She also plans to teach others Ju Jitsu.


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