Gold for Steven and Joshua

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A golden generation of martial artists is blossoming in Pendle.

The region’s Martial Arts Academy was represented at the North West Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu championships in Liverpool by Steven Stokes, who won the gold medal at the Blackpool Open last month, and Joshua Warwick.

The pair took gold in their respective classes while Joshua also added a bronze medal.

“These young lads are competing at the highest level in the country and are incredibly talented athletes,” said coach John Stokes.

“I see big things happening for these two and other students at the academy in the future.”

Anyone interested in mastering the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or any other form of Martial Arts, can contact John on (01282) 690216 or visit the website at