A junior Bradford kickboxer has continued on his rise to the top after picking up his latest accolade last month.
Seven-year-old Esa Hussain picked up the green belt, his fourth belt in the sport, after successfully passing the grade with a near-flawless routine.
Having to learn and memorise 25 new moves, the young martial arts ace made just one mistake throughout the whole examination to comfortably walk away with his award, safe in the knowledge that hard work does pay off.
Esa’s father, Amjad Hussain, says he has noticed that his son has recently begun to mature into a dedicated athlete and he more than deserved his latest belt.
“He’s begun putting in double the time now,” Amjad said. “Ever since he turned seven, you just can see it in him that he is becoming more mature and more confident in his own abilities.
“The green belt was his hardest one yet and he has been training non-stop for it; mornings before school, after school, before he goes to bed, all the time just training to get that belt.
“Now he’s done it, he is doing the same thing again for the next one. I am always incredibly proud of him and to hear him asking me if he can do more classes and spend more time training, it makes me aware that he does love the sport.”
Esa has an array of trophies, certificates and other accolades at his home, yet there seems to be no-stopping the drive behind the Hollingwood Primary School pupil, who only has his eyes set on more success.
“I want to see how far I can go,” he said. “The next belt is the purple one so I am focussed on gaining that one. There are tournaments coming up as well which I really want to win.
“It is hard work but I always enjoy it.”
Esa may still be one of the youngest members at his kickboxing club, yet with more training and more tournaments on the horizon, he could soon be on his way to becoming one of the most decorated competitors in the whole squad.