Carl Hodgetts, 34, was left wheelchair bound after he was born with spina bifida. But incredibly, Carl achieved a first dan black belt in kickboxing – by using his arms and hands instead of his feet to â€˜kickâ€™ opponents.
He is also an expert in Wing Chun, a close-quarter fighting technique created by martial arts legend Bruce Lee.
Carl was awarded a black belt in kickboxing by the world governing body, the World United Martial Arts Federation in 2006. He followed the criteria for able-bodied kickboxing but to reflect Carlâ€™s disability the federation rebranded his technique to â€˜freestyle martial artsâ€™.
Carl, from Monks Kirby, near Rugby, Warwickshire, said being in a wheelchair is actually an ‘advantage’ to being an able-bodied fighter.