06:02AM, Friday 03 May 2013
A multi talented schoolboy from Maidenhead has become the National Champion in Random Attacks at the British Ju-Jitsu National Championships.
Fourteen-year-old Douglas Worth, who lives in Gardner Road, was crowned after winning a gold medal in the specialist form of Ju-Jitsu at the competition held in Walsall, West Midlands on Saturday, April 6.
Douglas, who is a member of Park Lodge Judo Ju-Jitsu Kai, a club that meets at Pinkneys Green Community Centre in Blenheim Road as well as in Marlow and High Wycombe, began practising martial arts seven years ago.
Random Attacks is described by Douglas as a 'more technical form of Judo', which involves two competitors fighting in a pair to find the best form of defence against an attack which is then judged by a panel.
"I have only been learning Random Attacks for a year and I just fell in love with it," said Douglas, who has praised his 'fantastic' club for helping him to victory.
He added: "Winning felt amazing and I was also quite surprised because I thought I had more matches to fight but then I was told that I would be in the final and I couldn't believe it."
Park Lodge entered the championships with 11 competitors and they won 11 medals between them.
The team is trained by two time former British weapons champion Holly Hudson.
She said: "It's brilliant because this is Douglas' first ever big competition and we’ve been doing lots of extra practice to try and keep up with the ever increasing standards."
When he's not practising Random Attacks, Douglas is a passionate thespian and involved with all aspects of performing arts at Redroofs Theatre School in Bath Road where he attends full time after winning a scholarship in 2011.
"He is an astonishing lad with so much energy," said his Dad Nick.
"He just loves to perform, whether that be in martial arts on the stage."
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