TEN year old Kyle Richardson has become one of the youngest martial-artists in the country to achieve his Advanced Level One grading in Jeet Kune Do.
Kyle, who attends Newby & Scalby School and also plays football for Scarborough under-12s, has been training in Kung-Fu under the tutelage of Barry Moran at the Dojo on Falsgrave for the last two years.
Kyle said: ‘‘I really enjoy training at the Dojo. It has helped me develop mental strength and taught me how to behave.
‘‘I have been trained how to use lots of different weapons. We are taught never to be aggressive towards anybody but I now know how to defend myself.’’
Kyle’s coach, Barry Moran said: ‘‘For his age, Kyle is doing extremely well. I do not know of anyone else younger than Kyle in the country to have achieved the grading that he has .
‘‘Kyle is an extremely willing student, he has a lot of natural ability and if he keeps his discipline he has the potential to do very well.’’
Kyle’s father, Eddie Richardson has been very impressed with both his son’s progress and also with the positive effect that training at the Dojo has had on him.
He said: ‘‘I cannot sing the praises of the Dojo highly enough. It has been absolutely brilliant for Kyle and both the club and the chief instructor Barry Moran deserve a lot of credit.
‘‘I think that the Dojo offers unique social interaction and cameraderie for the youngsters.’’
Kyle’s father believes that the last two years of training at the Dojo has not just helped develop Kyle as an athlete but it has helped improve almost every aspect of his life.
He added: ‘‘When he was eight years old Kyle was going through a really difficult time. He was not very happy, he did not want to go to school and he wasn’t very outgoing.
‘‘However, since Kyle started training at the Dojo he has made a lot of progress. He is a lot happier, he is more confident and much more outgoing.’’