When speaking to Jack Bommersbach, the first thing that will catch your attention is just how polite he is for a 9-year-old.
"Yes ma'am!" says Bommersbach to his mother across the room.
Now once you get over his manners, you will see there is something a little bit more to this kid...
"Am I going to win? Am I not? Nervous? Feel a little nervous?" asks Bommersbach.
Jack has every right to feel nervous. He is set to compete at the American Taekwondo World Expo in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition to competing at the World Expo, Jack has qualified for top tens in weapons and sparring. This means Jack is one of a dozen or so kids in the entire world who will be competing for a top ten rank in their respective age and division.
"Jack puts the time in because we practice every day at home, and then he practices three to four times a week here." says Jack's father Lee Bommersbach.
But Jack's father Lee is not the only one who knows Jack puts every ounce of energy, physically and mentally, into Taekwondo.
"He's just one of those natural kids that just loves to learn, comes in, works hard. He's very dedicated, but at the same time, very humble. He'll come into class and work his butt off, but at the same time, he doesn't brag, he doesn't get boastful." says Jordan Mitzel.
Jordan Mitzel is a fourth degree blackbelt himself, and he's been training with Jack for the past five years. Now Jordan will admit, he's going to get a little nervous as Jack is set to compete in front of nearly 20,000 people.
"It's going to be a great experience for him, and it's going to be a great learning experience. At the end of the day, I want him to come back and say 'Okay, I've got the fire burning, I competed, I did this or I did that. I want to get there again next year.'" says Mitzel.
But going back shouldn't be a problem because besides competing and practicing himself, Jack's next favorite thing to do is to help others. "I want to accomplish worlds, and I do want to do this until I can't do it anymore." says Bommersbach.
And speaking of helping others, Jack does offer some words of advice that anybody, not just 9-year-olds, can take to heart...
"Try your hardest in competition and don't brag when you win first place... just feel humble."