JASON Curtis has his hands full being a father-of-five - but he has still managed to pick up a kick-boxing title and wants more.
The 31-year-old, who lives in Whalley Road in Clayton, won the North West Area title in Merseyside, defeating Tommy Ryan from Liverpool. And now he is aiming for an English title in March followed by a tilt at the British crown later in the year - under the prestigious International Kick-Boxing Association governing body.
Curtis, who works at Hyndburn Sports Centre where he teaches swimming and martial arts, came through the five two minute rounds with a unanimous verdict. He fights at 11 stone 4 lbs and has extended his record to fought six, won six.
"It is quite an achievement to win this as there are no head guards and it is full contact," said Curtis. "I teach martial arts but not kick boxing and I have just learnt this myself.
"The martial arts are more self-defence and I have done this for around 15 years but I decided I wanted be competitive and so I got involved with kick-boxing just under three years ago."
As well as juggling his children, Curtis trains six days a week and runs around 30 miles per week. And he is also battling back after having both his knees operated on 18 months ago and breaking his finger around three months ago.
"It has been tough but I wanted to compete while I still can. I want to make sure I win the English title and then have a shot at the British title."
His record in his six fights is three stoppages but he enjoyed his last victory.
"It was great to win and I was also voted the best fighter out of ten at the event which I was pleased with."