The academy has yet more reason to be proud of its wonderful students with the news that four of our girls became medal winners at the Go-Kan-Ryu Karate-Do World Cup at the Echo Arena, Liverpool a couple of weekends ago.

Facing stiff competition from martial arts experts from the USA, Australia and New Zealand, we are proud to announce that, in their respective age divisions, Kayleigh Martin (8PFD) won Silver; Bethany Bishop (9GHT) won Gold and Bronze; Caroline Martin (9GHT) won Silver and her sister, Rebecca Martin won Bronze for the Great Britain team.

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Rebecca, Beth and Kayleigh

The achievement is made all the more impressive when you consider that the girls have only been involved in the discipline for 12-18 months. The girls wanted to commit to a discipline and become proficient at self-defence. They had little idea that soon after starting they would be making loud noises on the world stage.

The girls are deeply modest about their achievements and the focus they apply to their art is matched with a similar commitment to their studies.

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Beth wearing her gold medal!

Their competitive future is looking very bright and all are in a good position to compete at the next World Cup in Australia. They continue to train with the Great Britain national squad and all the girls share the same aspiration of competing in the 2024 Olympic.

Well done, girls. We’re all really proud of you.

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