Leeds can lay claim to two new kickboxing world champions who proved a cut above the rest in Sicily last month.
Eleven-year-old Megan Warbrik and her 26-year-old chief instructor Charlotte Thomas both carried all before them at the Kickboxing World Championships.
Both hail from the Leeds-based LM Brit:ish Military Martial Arts Club with a third student, 15-year-old Kieran Dyer, also finishing a highly respectable eighth.
The success as a whole was music to the ears of chief instructor Thomas who saw off opponents from notably Italy and Mexico to win the female -65kg continuous category.
Warbrik, who had never even left the country before, won the minus 155cm female advanced continuous category.
“With a variety of countries attending this prestigious event we all knew we had a hard path ahead of us but we had trained hard and we’re going to try our very best,” said chief instructor Thomas.
“Megan who has never left the country before was very excited about the trip and the competition and competed absolutely amazingly.
“Kieran also fought absolutely fantastically and did our country proud but unfortunately on the day he had a stronger opponent.”
Both Warbirk and Dyer have only been training just short of three years with both attempting to take their black belts next year.
Thomas added: “In the club we teach students to aspire to great things and work out how to accomplish them. Megan has achieved one goal and Kieran will definitely do so soon too.
“Both of these children have been training very hard alongside their school work and revising for exams and I would like everyone to see how amazing they both are and be just as proud of them as I am as they did our country proud!
“LM BMMA Leeds are now training very hard to see if we can get students selected to take part in the World Championships next year and hopefully win some more titles and give the students new experiences to take with them through life.”