6-year-old asked to compete in worldwide martial arts games

Knoxville 6-year-old asked to compete in world's largest martial arts competition

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James practices his karate moves. James practices his karate moves.
"If I was in a real fight, I would like to defend myself. That's why I came to martial arts," said James. "If I was in a real fight, I would like to defend myself. That's why I came to martial arts," said James.
"I'm so proud of him. I really am. His mother and I support him 100%," said Mark Mitchell, who is also a sensei, or instructor, at Arts of the Samurai. "I'm so proud of him. I really am. His mother and I support him 100%," said Mark Mitchell, who is also a sensei, or instructor, at Arts of the Samurai.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville has its very own karate kid.

Six-year-old James Mitchell is a pint-sized powerhouse who packs a mean punch.

He's so good in fact, James has just been invited to participate in the biggest martial arts competition in the world.

But he needs some help from the community to get there.

"If they could put his energy into batteries, they'd never have to buy batteries again," said Mark Mitchell of Knoxville, James' dad.

James may not even be in grade school yet, but his martial arts talent is already well beyond his years.

"James started three years ago when he was three. He's just a fanatic in martial arts, everything. He never stops," said Mitchell.

Agedo martial arts is his passion. He can't seem to get enough of it.

James trains six days a week at the Arts of the Samurai dojo in Knoxville.

"If I was in a real fight, I would like to defend myself. That's why I came to martial arts," said James. "I feel like I've learned a lot."

And that hard work is paying off.

The confident kiddo regularly scores first place in tournaments and was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame back in April.

"It's pretty amazing," said James.

But just this week, he became the youngest person is Tennessee invited to compete in the martial arts World Games, where the best of the best come together to square off.

"I'm so proud of him. I really am. His mother and I support him 100%," said Mitchell, who is also a sensei, or instructor, at Arts of the Samurai.

While it is a huge honor, it's going to cost about $4,000 dollars for James to take part in the Games, since they are being held in Cancun, Mexico this year.

His dojo is working to raise money to help fund James' trip, which could be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"He's got the heart and determination to where he'll fight until he can't fight anymore," said Mitchell.

The World Games are being held in November.

There are only two other children James' age from the entire United States who have also been invited to compete.

If you'd like to help sponsor James' trip, contact the Arts of the Samurai dojo at (865) 310-3317.

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