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Grandma And Daughter Are Both Black Belts In Tae Kwon Do

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Get ready, you’re about to fall in love with 73-year-old Jeannie O’Connor and her daughter, 54-year-old Cookie. They’ve got a special hobby they like to do together and let’s just say, it’s not your average mother-daughter bonding.

Cookie and Jeannie, or as they call her “Mammaw,” are both black belts in Tae Kwon Do. Mammaw is actually a second degree black belt and when you see her chop a few boards right in half, you’re going to be blown away!

Mammaw began martial arts training at the 68 years old and is hoping to be a fifth degree black belt by the time she’s 85.

“Good Lord willing and the cricks don’t rise; I’ll get my fifth degree when I’m 85. Why don’t you come back and see me then?” suggested Jeannie O’Connor.

She originally signed up for a few classes with her daughter and grandson thinking it would be a fun family activity; little did she know it would change her life. However, as it turns out, her grandson didn’t take to it!

“He just lasted a month.  Cookie and I fell in love with it. It’s like a big family here,” said Jeannie O’Connor.

Tae Kwon Do Master Beavans isn’t at all surprised that Mammaw and Cookie have become so good, even at their age. “Like they say 70’s the new 50,” said David Beavans.

Grandma proves age ain’t nothing but a number. I mean, compared to this toddler martial artist, I’m going to say older equals better.

You won’t want to miss the incredible spirit, spunk and inspiration from this firecracker of a grandma.

See Mammaw unleash her martial arts skills below and SHARE if you hope to be more like Mammaw some day.

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