The 14-year-old Shuttleworth student took up kickboxing a year ago and admitted, before he did, he struggled both in and out of school.
But he has just completed a year at Padiham Kickboxing Club and won their Newcomer of the Year trophy.
“It’s been great,” said Cody. “It’s helped to build up my confidence, it helps me to respect people and I will now stand up for myself, in a positive way. It’s also helped my concentration in school.
“I train twice a week and I feel so much better within myself.”
Cody has achieved his yellow belt and is now in training for his green belt.
“I want to be a black belt – that’s my main aim.”
Shuttleworth’s Year 9 Pastoral Leader Mr Baiamonte said: “We’re really proud, we’ve really seen a change in Cody – he’s excelling this year.
“The involvement in extra-curricular activities has had a really positive impact on him in terms of confidence and development.”