HE may only be nine years old but little Jake Hudson has set his sights high.
The kickboxing youngster only started his martial arts career at the age of five.
But after winning a plethora of trophies last year, he is determined he will win a world title one day.
Jake, who holds two title belts and is in training for his next big fight on March 2, is hoping to repeat the successes of last year.
During 2012 the youngster, who trains with the Kuei-Ling kickboxing club in Frederick Street, South Shields, won all his ring fights, was named fighter of the year at two separate events and was presented with a lifetime achievement award at his club’s recent presentation night.
He said: “Kickboxing is fun. I enjoy my training and fighting in the ring.
“I have the best instructors and I have made a lot of new friends in my club and in other clubs by going to tournaments and fight nights.”
Jake, from Calf Close, Jarrow, who fights by the name of Jake the Rock, trains three times a week in his chosen martial art, increasing to six days a week ahead of fights.
The Valley View Primary School pupil holds the British Open 35kg and JFCC 5 nations 40kg title belts.
His parents, Andy and Kelly Hudson, say they couldn’t be more proud of their “little kickboxing star”.
Mrs Hudson said: “His dad, Andy, coaches kickboxing at the club, and when Jake was little he used to go and watch people train. Then once he was old enough he wanted to join in.
“Since then, he has gone from strength to strength.
“He just loves going to training and taking part in events. As parents, we are just as proud as punch.
“His school is also supportive, and when he won his last title belt they showed his fight at the school. They are really proud of him too. We are just so pleased with his achievements.
“I don’t think Jake has thought about if he wants to make it a career but he says he does want to win a world title belt one day.”
Jake and other kickboxers will take to the ring in the Extreme Fighting Contact 7 event on March 2 at Temple Park Centre, South Shields.
He will then compete in the South Tyneside open event on March 24 at Mortimer Community Centre in South Shields.
Kuei-Ling has classes for youngsters from the age of four.
For more information, contact Steve East on 07946 389 945.