The 'exceptional' nine-year-old martial artist who can chop a brick in half with his hand

A talented nine-year-old who can chop a brick in half with his hand has become the youngest person in Great Britain to be named as an expert fighter at his level.

‘Exceptional’ Julian Chlipala started training in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do when he was just three.

Now Julian, from Swinton, Salford, has achieved the rank of black belt 2-dan.

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The St Charles Primary School pupil trains with chief instructor Peter Watt at the Family Martial Arts Centre in Swinton.

Peter says it takes extreme dedication and commitment to achieve a second degree black belt.

“Julian is one of the youngest people in Europe to achieve this rank and he’s certainly the youngest in Great Britain,” he says.

“He’s an exceptional martial artist.

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“It takes a lot of years and dedication to achieve that rank with a set number of tests you have to go through. There is also a written test of 1,000 words about the martial art. And he has to remember 12 set patterns and spar with two opponents.

“He’s absolutely phenomenal. He’s my little boy wonder.

“A lot of young people get to 1st degree and then struggle for a few years. It takes a huge amount of training and dedication to get to that level - it’s more of a lifestyle than a hobby.

“We teach people not to use fists and feet to settle debates, we would rather they use their head. That policy relates to everyday life and we find that young people become better behaved at home and school.

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“I’m extremely proud of Julian, he’s a phenomenal young man.”

Tang Soo Do is composed of several different styles, including kung fu and Okinawan karate, according to

As well as Tang Soo Do, Julian is also learning mixed martial arts and is a budding actor, dancer and model.

His dad Lucjan says the whole family are so proud of Julian, who trains at least three times a week.

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“Any father would be proud of a son like that,” he says.

“It makes him disciplined and he has a lot of respect. He’s such a nice guy.”

Lucjan says Julian’s biggest fan is his younger sister Maya, six, who is also learning MMA.

“The other day I asked if she wanted an ice cream and she said ‘I can’t have ice cream, my brother doesn’t have ice cream.’ She really looks up to him.”

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Julian, who hopes one day to become an architect, will now start training for this third degree black belt, which could take around three years to reach.

But the schoolboy will have to wait until his 21st birthday before he can embark on his fourth degree ranking and become a Tang Soo Do master.