Gifted Leeds fighter breaks record

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Gifted Jake Frood was not content to come back from the World Kickboxing Championships in Orlando as a double bronze medallist.

So just 24 hours after returnning from that competition in Florida, the eight-year-old Meanwood boy took a five-hour test for his third degree black belt in mixed martial arts.

Now ‘Master Jake Frood’, who has juvenile arthritis, is believed to be the youngest in the world to have achieved that level in the sport.

A presentation was held at Leeds Grammar School yesterday, where the youngster received the belt from chief master Tony Higo, Aegis Martial Arts and Leadership Academy founder.

Jake’s mum, Kerry, 34, said: “It’s unheard of. The youngest above him would be about a 15 to 16-year-old.”

She added: “He was only back in England for 24 hours.”

Before taking his third degree black belt test in Harrogate, the Carr Manor Primary School pupil had flown out to the Universal Studios resort in Orlando for the kickboxing championships.

But on arrival he discovered that there was nobody in his category because he was the youngest entrant.

He was moved up up from the eight to nine years 40kg weight division in Full Contact Kickboxing to the under 13 years 45kg category – but still earned a bronze.

And he took the same medal as part of the England under 13 team for the Points Fighting category, one which he had never tried before.

Ms Frood said: “Jake’s dream is to one day represent his country at the Olympics and I have no doubt about it that he will achieve this.

“The hard work and dedication Jake puts in to his training is phenomenal.”

SAGA: Sofia Desaraju, then aged 4, joins a protest outside Leeds Civic Hall over school places blackhole. back in 2015. PIC: James Hardisty

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