Martial medals

CARRONSHORE. Lewis Simpson (10) karate world championship bronze medal and cup.
CARRONSHORE. Lewis Simpson (10) karate world championship bronze medal and cup.

Sporting success has been achieved by martial artists in the Falkirk district recently.

Carronshore is now home to one of the top karate students, not just in Scotland, the UK or Europe - but in the world.

07/10/11. John Devlin.  British International Karate Open Championships, Kelvin Hall. In this pic Steven Morris, Paul Lapsley, and medal winners Leigh Doran, Lauren Howe, Holly Martin, Nicole Erskine and Claire Penman.

07/10/11. John Devlin. British International Karate Open Championships, Kelvin Hall. In this pic Steven Morris, Paul Lapsley, and medal winners Leigh Doran, Lauren Howe, Holly Martin, Nicole Erskine and Claire Penman.

Lewis Simpson (10) took a trophy and bronze medal away from the JKF world championships in Edinburgh.

More karate students from Falkirk took part in the British international open Karate championships earlier this month at the Kelvin Hall arena in Glasgow.

On the Saturday Claire Penman (from Fife) won silver and Nicole Erskine won bronze in the 14 and 15 year old girls cadet Kata.

On the Sunday Leigh Doran won bronze in the 11 and 13 years girls Kata and the pairs Kata team event which had Holly Martin and Lauren Howe won bronze.

11/10/2011 pic lisa ferguson'fhs - Ladeside Primary School. Central Scotland TKD, Ciara McLernon P7  and  Lauren McKinlay P6 both attained black belts 'ciara and lauren with master bailey

11/10/2011 pic lisa ferguson'fhs - Ladeside Primary School. Central Scotland TKD, Ciara McLernon P7 and Lauren McKinlay P6 both attained black belts 'ciara and lauren with master bailey

Meanwhile youngsters successfully passed a black belt taekwondo grading at Carronshore community centre.

The assessment was conducted by Grandmaster Tong Wan Shin who himself has recently been promoted to ninth Dan at the World Tae kwon do headquarters in Korea.

Central Taekwondo Academy had a very successful grading with nine students pulling on a black belt and another half dozen promoted to senior dan grades.

The new black belts are Niamh Scott (9), Lauren McKinlay (9), Ellie Muir (10) Evan Balfour (10), Ciara McLernon (11), Paige Bates (14) Shona Smith (33) Nicky Scott (40) and Jillian So (47).

Ten year-old Jordyn Smith and 12-year-old Erin Scott were also made second Dan status as were Darren Smith (33) Maggie Sargeant (49) and Charles MacGregor (50).

Angie Bailey was promoted to the senior rank of fourth Dan.