Lucas ‘The King’ Mamonitis is a pocket rocket with some seriously impressive taekwondo skills.

Last month, the 10-year-old black-belt athlete made his way to the Victorian State Taekwondo Championships and took out the state title in his division after winning all three fights.

“I put in a lot of effort, so it felt really good to win,” he told Neos Kosmos. 

This brings Lucas’ total Victorian State title wins to four.

While winning the top title is an incredible feat, one of Lucas’ favourite rewards for all of his hard work is a trip to his favourite fast-food restaurant.

“I like to go to KFC and get the popcorn chicken go bucket,” he said.

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Lucas Mamonitis after another fantastic win. Photo: Supplied

Lucas’ love for the sport can be traced back to his older brothe,r Evan Mamonitis, who also has a passion for taekwondo. In this way, it was almost destined that the 10-year-old would follow in his brother’s footsteps.

“My eldest son, Evan, who’s 19, started at the age of five and still competes. Evan has won three Australian National titles and over 20 State Victorian titles and has competed numerous times overseas,” Lucas’ father, Phillip, said.

The young taekwondo stalwart has been out on the mats for many years now, He has been a member of the Royal Empire Martial Arts martial arts club since before he could even walk.

Lucas’ favourite part of heading to his classes, aside from training for his big competitions, is the opportunity he gets to “improve [his skills] every single day”.

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Lucas Mamonitis with the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Arnold Classic. Photo: Supplied

The young 2nd Dan blackbelt star has also won an Australian title and took out gold at the Arnold Classic, adding to his state title and plethora of trophies and medals. Overall, Lucas has remained undefeated in all of his years competing.

The youngster will have to train from home for now as Victorian lockdown restrictions tighten, but his determination stays stronger than ever as he has hopes to appear on a much bigger stage.

“I’d like to go to the Olympics!”