Members of the Paul Blackburn Ryu Kuruyaki ju jitsu club in Bo’ness were celbrating when they competed in the national championships.
Gregor MacDonald won gold (85+K) and Stewart Murdoch gained bronze (85K) at the Amateur Martial Arts Association Championships.
The team, which trains at Bo’ness Recreation Centre, entered for the first time and took part in the Newaza (ground fighting/grappling) discipline which involves techniques, manoeuvres and counters to an opponent in order to gain a physical advantage.
The two exponents took part in up to 10 fights each throughout the day competing against fellow fighters from across the home nations.
Both fighters will now be selected for the Sport Ju Jitsu GB team for the year ahead.
Coach Paul Blackburn, a 6th Dan Sensei, said: ‘‘Both fighters have worked really hard over the last few months to get ready for this event, putting in a lot of hours to develop the build on their skills. The whole group is extremely proud of the them.’’
He added: ‘‘Going forward the club will be looking to compete in more competitions and return to the nationals next year with a bigger team of senior and junior students.’’
The club trains on Tuesdays and Fridays in traditional Ju jitsu from 6.30pm and Thursdays in sport Ju jitsu from 6.30pm.
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