Jason Smalley has been selected to represent World Kickboxing Association England at the World Championships in October.
He will compete in Tuscany after impressing national head coaches Matthew and James Winsper at selections in Kidderminster at the weekend.
The Zen Academy coach said he grew up with the Winspers as heroes, adding: “When asked to go it was an opportunity I was not going to pass up .”
Smalley was also asked to represent the English International Sport Kickboxing Association team in Cyrpus in the same month.
He is pictured, centre, flanked by James and Matthew.