The Striking Distance journey started in 2015 when a group of school girls began learning martial arts, and went on to win every competition they attempted. What should have ended in 2016 became more than just a story about competing, it became a story about the transformative nature of martial arts, and how attaining black belt totally transforms the way a girl feels about herself.
In a male dominated sport, in a world that still pivots to men in all sports, these girls achieved success and did not become martial arts statistics - most girls drop out of martial arts in their teens. This group went the distance and are still training today.
Over a period of seven years, we follow these amazing young women, starting out as white belts, unsure, anxious and trying to find their place in the world. When we leave them it is as referees and coaches themselves, mentoring a new generation of young girls on the mats.
The most important lesson of all? Facing what scares you makes you brave.