Girl, 5, becomes world martial arts champion


The video will start in 8 Cancel Little belter Blossom Crosby is celebrating becoming a world martial arts champion – at the age of five The cute youngster has beaten kids twice her age to win a string of jiu-jitsu titles Blossom won three gold medals at this year’s Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Junior World Championships She stormed to victory, winning all her fights without dropping a single point. Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or BJJ, involves grappling, ground fighting and trying to control an opponent through moves which force them to submit Blossom, from Rochdale, near Manchester, said: “I was very nervous before the competition because it is such a big event “But after my first match I was excited about winning. “I love doing BJJ, mixed martial arts and kickboxing because I have fun ” Blossom – pictured in first place on the podium, inset – trains three times a week at a youth academy in Morley and every weekend at a gym in Pontefract, West Yorks Her main coach is her father – professional MMA fighter Tom “The Viking” Crosby She also trains with Britain’s first female BJJ black belt, Helen Currie, and Thai boxer Louis Lee Scott Dad Tom said: “I’m so proud of Blossom. The World Champion-ships is a huge and prestigious event, with more than 1,400 kids competing over the weekend “She even stepped up into a heavier weight category to win one of her events. She really enjoys training and competing, and it’s great to see her following in Daddy’s footsteps ” Blossom was promoted from a white belt to a grey and white belt after her triple victory last month

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