Warrior teen on the rise

Warrior: Glen Alpine's Jack O'Toole is just 12 years old, he has been training in two different styles of martial arts since he was four. He has snagged himself a major sponsor. Picture: Simon Bennett
Warrior: Glen Alpine's Jack O'Toole is just 12 years old, he has been training in two different styles of martial arts since he was four. He has snagged himself a major sponsor. Picture: Simon Bennett

Jack O’Toole is only 12 years old but he is already giving adults a run for their money.

The Glen Alpine martial arts enthusiast is teaching teenagers up to three years older than he is and training alongside adults.

He has dominated competitions, ranks highly amoung local martial artists and now Jack has scored himself a special sponsorship.

“I am the only person sponsored by ELITE in Australia,” he said.

“They found me on Instagram and they messaged me to say they thought I was awesome and wanted to sponsor me.”

Jack trains weekly in Hapkido at Campbelltown Martial Arts and fights in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions.

Last month Jack travelled to Melbourne to compete at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Nationals tournament. He walked away with the silver medal. 

Jack’s mother Rachel said he had been a natural martial artist since he started training at just four years old.

“He was so hypo when he was younger he would do flips off the couch and land them,” she said.

“I wanted to put him in dancing but my husband suggested martial arts and it has settled him and given him more focus.”

Jack said he enjoyed competing and teaching others the skills they need to move up the ranks.

“I’d like to keep training and coaching others and maybe compete in MMA one day,” he said.