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CAMELON. Mariner Centre. Karate: L-R: Holly Martin, Paul Lapsley, Steven Morris & Lauren Howie.

CAMELON. Mariner Centre. Karate: L-R: Holly Martin, Paul Lapsley, Steven Morris & Lauren Howie.

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TWO Karate kids from Falkirk have been crowned world champions.

Paul Lapsley and Holly Martin both emerged with gold medals from the Kobe Osaka World championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Holly (12) was top in the 11 to 13 year-old Kata category - overcoming 468 combatants from more than 19 countries.

Instructor Lapsley was first in the senior Kata and also took gold in the individual Shitoryu and Goju events.

Lauran Howe (13) also took silver in the same category as Holly Martin.

They can defend their medals when the championships switch to Dubai next year.

Taekwondo artist Kristian Kinnon has also received good news, moving form the Scotland development squad to the elite unit after assessment at Stirling University. However his passport and visa wrangle could be repeated as his family has now been told he needs British citizenship to compete for Team GB.

The oldest taekwondo 10th Dan Grandmaster Park Hae Man and the youngest ninth Dan in the world Grandmaster TK Loh visited Falkirk recently.

They ran a patterns seminar with Falkirk TKD club and ran a patterns seminar.

The club, who had piped in the Grandmasters to the masterclass, reciprocated by presenting both with a Scottish quaich.

Another taekwondo player, Stuart Wright, lead coach of the cadets Scottish National Team development programme, has been given confirmation of his place in the British National Team for the European Masters Games in Lignano, Italy, next month.

Wright is a former British Champion and a multiple Scottish Champion.

He also claims a record for having knocked out more opponents than any other male fighter in Scotland.