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PIC:   GRANGEMOUTH. Joe Evans in TKD national squad gb and won scottish championship. He is also in clyde1 charity band with Jamie from double trouble.
PIC: GRANGEMOUTH. Joe Evans in TKD national squad gb and won scottish championship. He is also in clyde1 charity band with Jamie from double trouble.
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u Callum Flynn and Lucy Ferguson know who to practise their martial art skills on - their cousin.

It’s a family affair for the two karate kids who were awarded the highest ranking in their sport last month - achieving black belt status.

21/11/11. John Devlin.  SKINFLATS. Karate pics with cousins and  medallists from Ferguson family. L-R, Lucy Ferguson 9, Callum Flynn 9, Colin Flynn 15 and Jodie Ferguson 11. All black belts.

21/11/11. John Devlin. SKINFLATS. Karate pics with cousins and medallists from Ferguson family. L-R, Lucy Ferguson 9, Callum Flynn 9, Colin Flynn 15 and Jodie Ferguson 11. All black belts.

Both are only nine years old to make the achievement even more significant.

And the family ties don’t stop with Lucy and Callum.

Older brother Colin Flynn (15) has also been crowned second dan after training with his cousins at the dojo in Grangemouth Stadium. all three, and Jodie Ferguson (11) have represented Scotland in European Karate championships.

The fine fighting family is not the only young martial artists achieving success in the area.

Hayden Murray of the Azami judo club, based in Hallglen, took gold medal in the Hibari Kan Judo junior open in Larkhall.

He made light work of the opposition in his under-38kg category and won his first bout in three seconds.

It was the first of three wins to reach the top spot.

Joe Evans was among the medals too in the Scottish Open Poomsae championships, practising tae kwon do.

He won the Scottish championship plus took a bronze and a silver medal prompting an invitation to training with the UK National squad in Nottingham where he was selected for the National Cadet Squad.

Master David Bailey said: “Joe’s performance was quite exceptional -winning a category with 19 other black belt boys from all over the UK.”

Club-mate Jordyn Smyth, who also trains with Central Academy TKD was also one of four youngsters to be invited to train at the National Olympic Academy in Manchester, alongside the athletes preparing for the London Olympics.

Jordyn and Naomi Strathie, from Falkirk, have just returned from a weekend camp where they were assessed for the UK Cadet Talent Squad.

Asia Bailey and Kristian Kinnon, will be attending a similar assessment at the Academy next month and could be offered a place on the 2016/2020 Development Programme funded by UK Sport.

Falkirk TKD club - run by Duncan Irvine, has also been among medals at their discipline’s UK championship.

Members brought back 11 gold medals, ten silver and six bronze from the get-together that included clubs from England and Ireland.

Nine-year-old Jamie Thomson (9) just missed gold and took silver from the final, but John-Jo Paterson (9) won his first Gold for sparring, and also gained his first Patterns medal; a bronze.

Sisters Tegan (9) and Naomi O’May (11) both came home with two medals each for Sparring and Patterns and Carmen Tran (12) took gold and Bronze for Sparring as well as a Gold in Patterns.

Eilidh Johnston won her second Gold medal in this competition and Robbie Player a second consecutive gold - both in Sparring.

In the Junior category Liam Muir and Ross Walker won Gold in the Sparring eventswhile club-mates Anna Holden and Eilidh Walker contested an all Falkirk final where Eilidh just won a close fought event.

Adults Laura Amelia Macdougall won Gold for Sparring and Bronze for Patterns, Daniel Mallin Martin took two Silvers and William Ferguson won Silver in Sparring and Patterns.

Marc Rivett won two Golds in two different weight categories while Alasdair Cox won Silver medal in the Patterns event.

Gary Hamilton who started Taekwondo six months ago won his first medal at this competition winning silver in Patterns.

The club also had four officials overseeing the event.

Scott McCoull and Eilihd Walker also achieved their black belts.

Karate kids in the Kobe Osaka group held their annual championships and an instruction course in Grangemouth.

Senseis Steven Morris taught Kata, Paul Lapsley taught Kumite techniques and John Fleming taught Self Defence before the medal-winning got underway.

Golds were won in the kata by Sean Russell, Holly Martin, Lauren Howe and twice by Greg Ballantyne, while Simon Morley, Nada Khaliq, Leigh Doran, Owen Erskine and Lauren Howe.

Bronze went to Chelsea Stringer, Katie Morley, Becky Morley, Robbie Lyall, Owen Erskine, Christopher Sutherland, Ryan Irwin and Scott Underhill.

Five fighting golds were won in the Kumite by Erin Falconer, Sean Russell, Owen Erskine, Abigail Black, Sam Doran, with silvers handed to Robbie Lyall and Iestyn Freathy.

Andrew Buchanan, Craig Law, Christopher Sutherland, Nicole Erskine, Christy Watson, Ross Manning, Lauren McAlpine and Lauren Wallace.

Another four golds, four silvers and nine bronze were won in Gladiator events while the Team Kata of Holly Martin, Leigh Doran and Becky Morley and Scott Underhill, Christopher Jackson and Christopher Sutherland and Robbie Lyall, Sean Russell and Lauren McAlpine won bronze.

Sophie McLay won bronze in the weapons and England won the team trophy.