tiny jake Frood is Leeds’s very own answer to the Karate Kid.
The five-year-old from Meanwood is believed to be the youngest person in the world to claim a black belt.
The pint-sized ninja decided to take up karate after watching cult classic film The Karate Kid.
And he has beaten the odds to secure one of the sport’s top gradings despite suffering from juvenile arthritis in his legs.
Jake enrolled at the National Martial Arts College, in Leeds, from the age of three and now he hopes to become a fully trained martial arts instructor by his tenth birthday.
Proud mum Kerry Frood, 31, said: “He watched Karate Kid and absolutely loved it and has just gone from strength to strength.
“There is no-one else at his age that we can find who has been given a black belt.
“It’s just unbelievable and without martial arts he just wouldn’t be the person he is today.
“People just can’t believe how young he is and he is so small for his age too.”
The youngster was recently awarded his black belt after completing a gruelling challenge which included a two-mile run and four-hour martial arts test.
Jake, who also has an immune disorder, has battled through several illnesses and operations.
He had an operation on his hand but within weeks he defied the doctors and was back training.
The Carr Manor Primary School youngster is set to take his black belt into school to show his classmates.
Mum Kerry added: “He was back on the mat at martial arts within weeks as he didn’t want to fall behind in martial arts.
“Martial arts has definitely saved his life and made him a stronger person.
“Without his love for martial arts he wouldn’t have had the determination to get through his illnesses.
“He’s now saying that he wants to open up his own martial arts school when he grows up and by the age of 10 he should be a qualified instructor.”