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Taverham High School pupil hoping to achieve international success at karate competition in Hungary

PUBLISHED: 22:07 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:04 22 May 2017

Max Threadwell, 14, and Shannon Marment, 13, in training with MMA fighter Iain Martel at Complete Fitness, ready for the European Championships in Hungary. PICTURE: Denise Bradley

Max Threadwell, 14, and Shannon Marment, 13, in training with MMA fighter Iain Martel at Complete Fitness, ready for the European Championships in Hungary. PICTURE: Denise Bradley

Archant, Norfolk 2017

A teenage karate kid is hoping to achieve international success at a competition in Hungary next week.

Max Threadwell, 14, and Shannon Marment, 13, in training with MMA fighter Iain Martel at Complete Fitness, ready for the European Championships in Hungary. PICTURE: Denise Bradley Max Threadwell, 14, and Shannon Marment, 13, in training with MMA fighter Iain Martel at Complete Fitness, ready for the European Championships in Hungary. PICTURE: Denise Bradley

Taverham High School pupil Max Threadwell is only 14, but he has already achieved a second-degree black belt in karate.

And next Friday he will be putting his fighting skills to the test as he enters the European Karate Championship in Hungary.

The competition, which takes place in the city of Sopron, attracts some of the best fighters from across the continent.

But Max, who has been practicing karate for almost six years, is well prepared.

He has been training four times a week with the Eastern Shotokan Karate Association and twice per week in the gym.

More recently, he enlisted the help mixed martial arts fighter Iain Martell and strength and conditioning coach Matt Hughes.

Max’s mother, Karla, 42, said the sport had helped her son with his confidence and discipline.

She said: “When he was a baby he was diagnosed with expressive language disorder, which has put him a little bit behind at school.

“But since he has started karate, it has helped him with discipline, and because they have to learn so many different forms of punches and kicks, his memory has improved.”

She said her son has 21 gold medals from competitions, along with nine silver and 10 bronze medals.

In October 2015, he came third in a world championship competition in Serbia and received silver from the European karate championships in Amsterdam a year later.

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