Teenage martial arts world champion from Sheffield could win thousands for the NHS
A 14-year-old boy from Sheffield is in with a chance of winning a £5,000 donation for the NHS in a national competition thanks to his impressive martial arts skills.
Louie Anson from Mosborough is taking part in TGI Friday’s #FridaysFeeling competition, which is offering the winner a £2,000 cash prize plus a £5,000 donation to an NHS charity or trust of their choice.
They will also get the chance to perform at TGI’s VIP Covent Garden re-Launch party.
Louie, who is in Year 9 at Eckington School, is up against six other performers. His act involves showing off his bo staff skills. A bo staff is a weapon used in some martial arts.
The teenager has been learning karate since the age of three and competing since he was seven. He is a black belt and trains five days a week with Unite Martial Arts based at De Hood, Manor Top.
He is a world champion in several different styles of martial arts, which has seen him compete around the world. He also competes and performs bo staff routines alongside his twin sister, Alicia.
Louie’s mum Julie said: “It’s amazing. He just loves it and can’t get enough of it.
“I’m so proud of them doing it individually but when they come together it brings tears to my eyes. My whole world is on the mat, together.”
In his entry video, Louie can be seen showcasing his skills in various locations around Sheffield.