Pendle pair win British titles

Pictured, from right, Josh Warwick, Kristian Tuff, Kane Carlisle, Steven Stokes, Alexander Stokes and centre, head coach at the academy John Stokes (s).
Pictured, from right, Josh Warwick, Kristian Tuff, Kane Carlisle, Steven Stokes, Alexander Stokes and centre, head coach at the academy John Stokes (s).

Two martial artists from Pendle have become the pride of Britain after being crowned National Juvenile Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champions.

Kane Carlisle and Steven Stokes, of Pendle Martial Arts Academy, returned from the competition in Birmingham with gold medals.

And that means the pair have now qualified for January’s European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.

The event, which drew 400 competitors and 1,500 spectators, also saw Joshua Warwick and Kristian Tuff scoop silver medals in the 65kg and 60kg categories respectively.

While Alexander Stokes (under 34kg) and Liam Green (under 42kg) took bronze.

“We had six competing and all six came back with medals with two gaining British titles,” said academy head coach John Stokes.

“It’s another fantastic result for the academy at national level and follows the academy’s wins at the Manchester and North West open competitions earlier in the year.”

He added: “We are a relatively small club in Brierfield but believe our success in such high profile competitions shows the quality of our students.

“I cannot express how proud we are of these young men, they all show great determination and commitment in their training.

“This latest competition means we now have six British champions training at the academy and we look forward to many more.”

Anybody interested in training at the academy can visit www.pmaa.co.uk or call John on 690216 or 07827 309487.