Fil-Am beauty, a wushu champ

FILIPINO-American Nhaya Mahal Paden was introduced to martial arts in the United States of America at age 11, giving her a strong foundation to excel in combat sports.

Paden, a 14-year-old member of King’s Sword Martial Arts under the supervision of Nell Jone Astudillo, recently won a gold medal in girls 52 kilogram category of the recent Batang Pinoy 2016 National Championships in Pasig City.

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Because of the exceptional effort she showed during the recent nationals, the Fil-Am wushu athlete was invited for a three-month trial training with the Wushu Federation of the Philippines National Team.

“I will continue my training, and hopefully compete in next year’s Batang Pinoy,” Paden said in a Facebook chat with SunStar Davao.

Paden added that she will fly to Manila for the training next summer but she wishes to finish High School first so she could focus on her training.

Paden is on her 9th Grade at the Faith International Academy in Davao.

She was born at the Cocoa Beach in Florida, USA, but her family has been coming back to the Philippines as her parents Gilmer and Julie Paden are both missionaries.

Her father Gilmer, a Filipino, is working at the Christ Fellowship Church as a missions and evangelism pastor.MORE