Eleven-year-old Hassan has cerebral palsy and needs to use a frame – but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a successful kickboxer, having just earned his second grading. And the Palfrey Junior School pupil has his sights set on a black belt one day, as he continues to defy medical predictions and gets stronger and stronger.
“I like the fighting. It makes me feel happy,” Hassan tells the Express & Star.
“I feel more independent doing it. It makes me feel excited because I can do things I couldn’t do before.”
And it’s not only Hassan’s kickboxing skills that have impressed – it’s his entire attitude.
“He is just so determined,” says a proud Wayne, who runs Haskett’s Kickboxing in Holt Hill Lane, Walsall.
“When he first came here, his sister had to hold his frame to stop him falling over but now, after 12 months, he can do stuff without people holding him.”
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