TAE KWON-DO: ONE step at a time is the maxim for many people in sport - but not Daryl Stokes.
He is a young man in a hurry and has been roaring through his tae kwon-do grades two or three at a time.
Daryl has accomplished in 12 months of training what many take two-and-a-half years to achieve.
The 14-year-old's progress has been such he is largely concentrating on tae kwon-do instead of kickboxing, at which he is similarly proficient.
The two disciplines aren't necessarily compatible.
Daryl's dad, Barry Stokes, explained: 'In tae kwon-do, you are not allowed to punch to the face but in kickboxing, Daryl is getting taught how to do this.
'We have had to more or less pull out of kick-boxing to concentrate on tae kwon-do and it seems to be working. He is not using his hands as much.'
High-kicking Daryl, from Widnes, has already risen to a tae kwon-do red belt.
And instructor, Master Denny Jones, from Elite Tae Kwon-do, reckons his young protégé will achieve black stripe and then black belt within a year.
Fifth-degree grade Denny this week opened a new tae-kwon club at the World Kobudo Centre in Greenway Road, Runcorn, with sessions on Tuesdays (5-6pm) and Thursdays (6-7pm).
But Daryl trains with him at Skelmersdale and Kirkby.
The young fighter has just swept the floor with hand-picked rivals in one-on-one competitions.
But while kickboxing is now second priority, he isn't abandoning it completely and continues to enter major tournaments.
His latest kickboxing success came at the WMU Welsh Championships at Conwy, where he won the competition for boys up to 17 years old and 165cms.
Daryl is a brown-belt kick-boxer - again two grades from black.
He beat his first rival 7-1 and in the final produced a stunning display to overcome the Welsh champion 4-2.
The youngster has been similarly impressive at tae kwon-do.
In the first elite one-onone competition at Doncaster inlateJanuary,he took just 18 seconds to knock out a fighter from the Olympic Training School in Liverpool.
The bout was arranged on age, experience and fight record.
But the Liverpudlian was no match for Daryl, despite the latter being a few kilos lighter.
Daryl returned to Doncaster last month for the second one-on-one bout - on his 14th birthday.
The contest was only set up at short notice and despite not being on top form, he beat a black belt 6-1 on points over two one-minute rounds.
For any further details on Elite Tae Kwon-do's Runcorn club, contact Master Denny Jones, tel 077484 72144.