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Salisbury 9-year-old winning big by breaking boards

Published: Jan. 13, 2016 at 11:12 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2016 at 11:12 PM EST
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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Have you heard about 9 year old Cole Price?

He's the son of Chris and Cari Price and he's a straight A student in the third grade at Hurley Elementary School, but he's gaining fame for something else.

Cole is a martial arts champion who has been training at the Iron Dragon Tae Kwon Do Academy in Salisbury.

Last month Cole competed in the Super Grand World Games in Hilton Head, SC, finishing 2nd in the 17 years old and under 5 category, and just missing the top spot.

At the age of 5, Cole started training at Youn Wha Ryu Martial Arts with instructor, Nick DiFiore in the JF Hurley YMCA.

Cole was one of the few students who could break the boards and the youngest student who could break the board with his hands.  Cole started with breaking ¾ inch pine boards and has graduated to breaking tiles, wooden spindles, cement slabs, house bricks and Cole's signature break, a landscaping brick.

In November 2014, Cole moved to Iron Dragon Tae Kwon Do Academy under Tola Rose's instruction.  In February, 2015, Cole began competing in competitions across North and South Carolina.

Cole competed and finished first place in the 11 year old and under breaking division in every tournament he competed in this past year, including the Union County Karate Nationals, Universal Martial Arts Championship, Winter/Spring Festival Open Championship, Martial Arts Explosion, Western Carolina Karate Classic, MKA Big Dawg Martial Arts Tournament and the Dojo Double Points Classic.

On Saturday, January 9, 2016, Cole was recognized as the Top Breaking Competitor, by accumulating the most points in the tournaments throughout the year, in the Dojo Organization for finishing first place in the 11- year-old and under breaking division at the Dojo Banquet at Charlotte Hilton Executive Park.  He was accompanied by his mom, dad and instructor, Tola Rose.

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