Granddad Joseph Duckett has proved age is no barrier – by being awarded a Sixth Dan at the age of 68.
And it was a complete surprise to the Rishton pensioner, who runs Lancashire Inter-Martial Arts and Kick-boxing club at Norden Sports College.
"I went down to Derby on a course for pressure points and I was the oldest there," said Joseph, who was presented with a certificate and a red and white belt.
"In the middle of it, they stopped everything and Gray Stringer, from the UK Self-Defence Association, presented me with a Sixth Dan for the effort and time I have put into martial arts. I was absolutely shocked.
"I knew nothing about it before hand and it’s quite unusual for a 68-year-old."
Joseph has been teaching and participating in martial arts for more than 35 years and has helped hundreds of Hyndburn residents move up the scales.
The highest rank is 10th Dan and only a handful of people across the country now have a higher belt than Joseph.
"I used to play and manage at football but was getting a bit too old for it. My brother was starting a course teaching martial arts and that is where it all started.
"I still love doing it and won’t give up. I’m still very agile and the exercise and walking has helped me keep fit."
lJoseph is starting a new free session for students at Norden Sports College from April 21 at 2.45pm.