Golden haul for Streethouse karate kid George

Eight-year-old George Emsley won two gold medals at a karate tournament and has been chosen to represent England at the world championships later this year.
Eight-year-old George Emsley won two gold medals at a karate tournament and has been chosen to represent England at the world championships later this year.
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Karate kid George Emsley punched and kicked his way to success when he won two gold medals at a recent tournament.

The eight-year-old claimed two wins at the recent Federation of Sports Karate (FSK) Championships in Manchester.

The Streethouse Junior and Infant School pupil was also chosen to represent England in the world championships later this year.

Jayne Emsley, George’s mum, said: “I’m immensely proud of him.

“He absolutely loves karate and would do it all the time if he could. Even at eight, he is very focused on what he wants to do.”

George started karate and kickboxing at the age of just four.

He trains four times a week at the Fight Club Academy, in Bradford, run by martial arts expert Keith Priestley.

Mrs Emsley, of Sandringham Court, Streethouse, added: “He only started karate for something to do and because his dad did it when he was a kid.

“But he’s taken to it like a duck to water and won his first British title when he was just six.

“He now holds three British titles and will compete for another national title in October.”

The youngster has also got his sights on the World Taekwondo and Kickboxing Association world championships next year.

Mrs Emsley said: “We are saving up so he can be part of the England team next year.

“It’s really good for him to have something to focus on and it’s all he does.

“He will get up in the morning and have a range of exercises to do.

“Everything he does is linked to his karate.

“His school and friends are behind him, too, which really helps him a lot.”