IT WAS a golden day for Kuon Ji Ju-Jitsu Association’s Oswaldtwistle club as 19 members won medals at the Pendle Open Ju-Jitsu Championships.
There were six gold medal winners, including eight-year-old Joseph Entwistle, who battled hard through four fights before emerging as overall champion in his weight category. He beat clubmate Joel Davies, nine, in the final - Joel in his first ever Ju-Jitsu competition.
Georgia Laing also saw off keen competition from her clubmate in her category. She won on a points decision against Olivia Critchley to snatch the gold medal.
The final fight of the day involved the ‘big boys’ - with Oswaldtwistle’s Matthew Challoner coasting through his first two fights to reach the final and then emerging as overall champion in spectacular style.
Other medal winners included Matthew’s sister, Lucy Challoner, who won gold in her category while Chloe Oldale was also a golden girl.
Silver medals were won by Hannah Duckworth, Emma Duckworth, Joel Davies, while bronze medallists were Katherine Southward, Matthew Southward, Chloe Oldale and Ryan McCaffrey.
Other members of the club that fought on the day included Zac Robinson, Tom Ridehalgh, Harvey Ridehalgh, Ben Blackburn, Charles Laing and Thomas Price.
Head coach at Oswaldtwistle Max Robinson said: "It takes a lot of courage to enter competitions and, for many of the kids we took on the day it was their first ever Ju-Jitsu competition."