Keegan is North West Ju-Jitsu champ

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Keegan Haythornwaite is a golden boy - after being crowned North West Ju-Jitsu champion.

Blessed Trinity student Keegan, 11, has been learning the martial art for seven years, since he was four years old, and is a brown belt in the sport.

He trains at St Peter’s Centre and also at the Master of Martial Arts in Accrington, and won a gold medal for continuous and ground fighting after coming through six bouts at the Go-Shin Kempo Ju-Jitsu Championships in Hyndburn.

“I train every Saturday for two hours,” said Year Seven student Keegan.

“I first went when I was four to the starter club, and got my first belt when I was seven as that’s when you can get them.

“I have gone through more than 10 gradings to get up to brown belt.

“Now I am training for my junior black belt - you can only get that when you are 12 and I turned 12 on Christmas Day.

“That’s a seven hour grading so it’s tough.

“It was good to be North West champion.

“I got a silver medal at the last championships so I have gone one step further this time.”

Keegan also helps out teaching at Little Dragons and, once he gets his junior black belt, it’s full-steam ahead for his black belt, something you can only attain when you are 16.