Leeds kickboxing star, 8, off to America

FIGHT FAVOURITE: Jake Frood needs sponsorship if he is to compete in Orlando, Florida next month.
FIGHT FAVOURITE: Jake Frood needs sponsorship if he is to compete in Orlando, Florida next month.
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A LEEDS youngster is off to the United States to compete in a prestigious kickboxing championship.

Jake Frood has qualified to represent England at the WKU World Kickboxing Championships being held in Orlando, Florida (September 23-30).

The eight-year-old is the youngest black belt holder in the world and already has two world records to his name despite suffering from an immune disorder, severe hyper-mobility disorder and Juvenile Arthritis.

Jake’s mum Kerry says these illnesses have never stopped her son and have actually made him more determined to succeed.

Jake has already represented his country in kickboxing at the World Championships in 2014 when he won bronze aged just six and then followed that up with a silver in 2015 in Spain.

She is now hoping that businesses and people from Leeds can help in raising sponsorship funds to help ensure Jake can compete at this year’s event.

She said: “I’m so proud of Jake and of what he’s achieved at such a young age and overcoming many obstacles in his life.

“Even though in pain from his arthritis, he never gives up and the look of sheer happiness when he does his martial arts and competitions is lovely to see.

“Representing England in the World Championships means the world to Jake and he just wants to make his country and home city of Leeds proud of him.

“In order to get to the World Championships and represent England, Jake needs the backing of his home city of Leeds.

“We are appealing to a Leeds-based company or business to become Jakes official sponsor.”

To sponsor Jake, email kfrood@yahoo.co.uk or visit bit.ly/2bmW8H4.

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