This Lenexa teen black belt is winning medals and climbing up the world karate rankings

Lenexa native Rodrigo Madrid, above, is now ranked the 10th in the World Karate Federation's worldwide rankings in the Junior Male Kata division. Madrid earned more accolades after taking home gold in his division at a tournament in Mexico last month. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

After winning gold his first time overseas, karate athlete Rodrigo Madrid of Lenexa is now ranked 10th in his division worldwide.

Madrid, who practices at AmeriKick Martial Arts in Overland Park, captured the Gold Medal in the Junior Male Kata division last month at the World Karate Federation Youth League Tournament in Acapulco, Mexico.

At age 17, he is already an accomplished black belt with nearly nine years of experience.