Hadfield kick-boxer with the world at his feet
Thursday 12th October 2017 16:37 Glossop Chronicle Sports Posted by Adam Higgins

A Hadfield kick-boxer has beaten a near fatal accident and a world champion to win a prestigious title. 

Things looked bleak for Jake Johnson when strong winds flipped his car on a Scottish island and he aqua-planed into a potential killer crash.

But Jake was determined to get back competing in the sport he loved and, last Saturday, he was once again amongst the best in the International Black Belt Open Championships in North Wales.

Jake fought at 66 kilos in the lightweight division, winning three fights in awesome fashion before defeating world kick-boxing champion Brogan Johnstone in the final.

Dave Breed, boss of Evade Glossop, where Jake is a full-time coach, said: “He gained respect from everyone in attendance. Legendary multi-time world champion Alfie Lewis was full of praise, telling me that Jake’s simply class and needs a new name ‘The Terminator’.

“Glossop has a new international superstar, the fights will be televised on Sky Front Runner (Channel 468) on October 21. From his near fatal accident breaking his neck, ruined, retired and back to champion. We are really proud of him.”

The win was even more amazing when you realise that Jake is still suffering from the crash, which happened eight years ago.

In hospital for 12 months, pins inserted into his neck, he was fitted with a collar to keep his head up-right.

Jake told the Chronicle: “I still can’t look up or look over my left shoulder, but I wanted to compete again. I can’t compete in cage fighting in case I get thrown, but I can compete in kick boxing and Thai boxing.”

Jake, who first took up martial arts at the age of 11, fought successfully right up to the accident.

Medics then told him he must never compete again, but a few years ago, Jake was back training.

He started teaching classes of juniors and open age at Evade Black Belt School, which is something he still does.

Then the will to get back to winning ways took over and he was back competing.

Talking about the championships, Dave said: “This was such a huge win and established what we’ve been saying all along that Jake is one of the very best in the world.

“The event, which was filmed for Sky TV, attracted some of the UK’s finest fighters and was aimed at finding out who was best.

“At Evade, we’ve had a history of doing so, this is right up there with one of our top achievements as a studio, and again with where Jake was only a few years ago – very inspirational.

“He’s also a very humble young man, who gives his all in teaching and inspiring the members of the academy.”

Anyone interested in training at Evade should call 01457 860178 or visit www.evadeblackbeltschool.com.

 

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Kick-starting his career: Jake Johnson proudly holds his belt alongside Dave Breed of Evade Glossop 

 

By David Jones