YOUNGSTERS from Dorchester and Crossways competed impressively to claim six medals at the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts South West Regional Championships in Weston-super-Mare.

Members from the Matt Fiddes Dorchester and Crossways Martial Arts club formed a group of more than 300 competitors from all over the region, competing in hand drills, kickboxing drills, extreme kick combinations, forms and sparring.

Alice Kiddle became South West champion in hand drills, while there were silvers for Henry Evans and Ruby Greening in the hand drills and extreme kick combination respectively.

Owen Hutchinson and Jackie Hopper also claimed bronze in hand drills and Karen Wills earned bronze for her extreme kick combination.

The county town’s full team of Hopper, Evans, Wills, Greening, Kiddle, Ethan Cox, Oliver Freemantle, Owen Hutchinson and Adam Hutchinson also got to meet Matt Fiddes himself – a former bodyguard to Michael Jackson.

Competing builds confidence and self esteem and the Dorchester outfit is proud of each and every student who had the immense courage to step out of their comfort zone and compete.

Following their six-medal haul, the members now target success in the British Championships at Bath University in November.

The club also hopes to take a team of students to the international championships in Australia in 2020 and is actively fundraising to make this dream come true.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to make the dream a reality:

For information about martial arts classes please contact Louise Hutchinson on 07805225408.