An eight-year-old boy attained his black belt, the youngest ever student to achieve this honour at his club.

Tyler Yamamoto is the Traditional International Shotokan Karate Association (TISKA) youngest student to attain a black belt (1st Dan) at the age of 8.

He has trained, along with his parents, since he was 3 years old under TISKA Karate’s chief Instructor, Shihan Gursharan Sahota.

The reason Tyler said he enjoyed karate so much is that it has "taught him discipline and the ability to defend himself and to respect others".

He hopes to continue training with Shihan personally, as he feels his biggest achievement so far is to have been trained by respected coach.

Tyler’s Mother said: "His secret ambition is to one day be invited to compete in karate competitions by Shihan.

"Shihan has had a huge influence on Tyler and that he and the whole family very much appreciate all that Shihan has done for them as well as for all of his students, the hard work, discipline and dedication that he shows to all of his students and they are grateful for him both as a personality and as a teacher.

Shihan Sahota said: "I'm so proud of Tyler’s achievement, his dedication and how it has increased his confidence so that Tyler is now able to stand at the front of a class and help teach.

"Karate teaches children and adults alike, fitness, self awareness, self defence, confidence, etiquette, respect and self discipline."