Barnet sisters pack a punch with new campaign for women

By Dave Speck in Local People

YOU don’t mess about with this combative pair – who are spearheading a national campaign to encourage women to be more active.

Londrita Januzi, 16, and her sister Bleta, 15, from New Barnet, have been unveiled as the stars of the new campaign to celebrate active women.

The Sport England-backed This Girl Can campaign claims to have inspired 2.8m women to become active, and is returning with posters across the streets of England ahead of its TV launch on Friday 24 February.

And Londrita and Bleta, will feature on one of the posters, demonstrating the jiu-jitsu martial art.

Bleta has practised it for nine years and has become a black belt under the tutelage of her dad Ibush, a jiu-jitsu master.

She has always loved sport – playing tennis and football from a young age – is a bit of a tomboy and prefers reading and sport to watching TV. She says: “Jiu-Jitsu has become a part of me.”

She was the only girl in her jiu-jitsu class until Londrita joined. At first, Bleta found the class full of boys intimidating, but after getting to know everyone there she realised they all liked the same things.

They notice that, sometimes, the boys in their class are worried about hitting them because they’re girls. And they’ve found there’s one thing they can do to break the tension on the mat – be the ones to hit first.

Londrita started the sport four years ago and is a brown belt. She says she loves jiu-jitsu because it makes her feel powerful and strong but it is also soft and feminine, like dance.

In addition to sport she is studying for her A-levels, adding: “My martial arts have made me the person I am today.”

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