LOCKDOWN motivation was in plentiful supply for West Fife martial artists who claimed virtual medals in a worldwide competition.

Students from NP Tae Kwon Do Academy, based in Walmer Drive, have still been getting their kicks with online training while their base is closed because of coronavirus and, earlier this month, were able to do so again in a tournament setting.

The academy, run by husband-and-wife team Nik and Louise Purves, had 16 entrants in the ‘KickCovid Taekwon-do Tul Challenge’ organised by a Polish tae kwon do organisation.

The free-to-enter worldwide competition, for which sixth degree black belt Nik, and fourth degree Louise, acted as umpires, gave those taking part the opportunity to perform and film a patterns technique from home.

Each entry was then split into age and grade groups and assessed by a panel of black belt judges, and a total of 268 participants, aged between four and 55, and from a white belt grading up to Sixth Dan, were involved.

The NP Tae Kwon Do Academy students joined others from across Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Australia, the USA, Czech Republic, Taiwan and the Philippines in kicking up a storm – and ended up with 10 medals – three of them gold.

In the 11 years, female 2-1 kup category, Reese Purves claimed top spot and was joined by Amy McNail and Erin McNair, in the 12-14 years female black belts, and 35 years and over female First to Third Dan groups respectively.

In the up to five years mixed age group, Robynn Purves picked up a silver medal, with Caelen Hunter taking bronze, the latter of which also fell the way of Kadie Olszok and Ritchie Bower, in the seven years female and male categories.

Imogen Hill was an 11 years female 6-5 kup silver medal-winner and, in the female 2-1 kup categories, Ashley McNair won 12-14 years bronze, and Bethany Williamson took 14-17 years silver.

Speaking of the event, Nik said: “It went really well and there were participants and judges from all around the world. It was great to give our students something to focus on during lockdown especially as so many of them are missing competing.”

Students with NP Tae Kwon Do Academy are able to participate in up to seven training sessions per week, and five daily challenges, online, while an app to help them train at home has also been developed.