A WEST FIFE martial arts school is celebrating once more after two more of its students fought off the competition to claim grand champion titles.

Members of Kuk Sool Won of Dunfermline, based in the Elgin Industrial Estate, travelled to Liverpool recently for the annual UK Tournament and saw Kain Wilson and Dylan Hynd crowned as best of British.

Kain, 15, claimed the accolade of Youth Male Black Belt Grand Champion, while Dylan, 12, took that of Boys’ Black Belt Grand Champion, at a competition that attracted just under 700 competitors.

In addition to their individual success, the duo helped the school – who had around 35 competitors at the event – to a top-six finish overall.

Their latest success followed hot on the heels of another of their students, Skye Jolly, winning the 1st Dahn, 13-17 girls’ title at the World Kuk Sool Association World Championships in October, and instructor Craig Hill, who runs the school with wife Tammy, commented: “We took a relatively small team and went down with no expectations but to have fun.

“The team trained, went down and got a great result; to finish sixth overall was pretty good, considering the clubs that beat us were a lot bigger this time.

“When you promote to black belt, you could be competing with people who have been at that grade for four to six years, and have a big chunk of experience.

“I’m so proud of them. It’s not a small feat, and it’s nice to see some more names get recognition and have more than one champion coming through at that age group.”

In addition, 15 Dunfermline students were newly graduated to black belt, and two were promoted to second degree, and he added: “That was a big deal for them and they were all geared up for that.

“As a coach, when you see kids that you have taught from such a young age achieve at the highest level in the UK, it is pleasing for me and my wife and validation of what we are doing.

“It gives the whole club a boost when you get results like these. I hope it does inspire other kids or adults in the area to try something new, and see the benefits that it can bring.”