Nominee: Jake FroodJake Frood, 8 yrs old from Leeds.
Jake has just become the YOUNGEST MASTER 3rd DEGREE BLACK BELT IN THE WORLD. Jake completed the 5 hour test on Sunday 2nd October at the AEGIS Martial Arts and Leadership Academy and then received his 3rd Degree Black Belt at a Graduation Ceremony at Leeds Grammar School on Sunday 9th October. Jake has hit the headlines twice before when he broke the World record for gaining his 1st Degree Black Belt at the age of 5 years old and then his 2nd Degree at the age of 6 years old.
What makes Jakes success even more amazing is that he suffers from Juvenile Arthritis, an immune disorder and Severe Hyper mobility disorder all of which make Jake suffer excruciating pains in his legs, arms and chest and make him extremely tired. He battles through the pain and keeps on achieving outstanding results.
On top of this he has just returned from the World Kickboxing Championships a Double BRONZE Medalist. The Competition was held in Universal Studios Resort in Orlando, Florida in America 23-30th September.
In America more shock was to come when it was found that there was nobody in Jakes category as he was the youngest competitor out of all 28 countries. It was decided that Jake was to be moved up from his original category of 8-9 yrs -40kg weight division in Full Contact Kickboxing to Under 13 yrs -45kg. The children he fought were almost a foot taller than young Jake but he fought hard and made it to the Semi Final losing out to gain the very respectable BRONZE Medal. Such an achievement from a child so young. He gained a lot of respect from many other coaches, managers, competitors and spectators from across the world, who said Jake had great courage and spirit just to step into the ring.
He then was asked to fight in the England Under 13 Team fight for The Points fighting category, which is a category that Jake doesn't even fight in. He fought well again against a child much bigger and older than him in the semi-final and the England Tea