COWDENBEATH karate club have had a busy month in tournaments across the UK with many new young fighters making their debuts on the fighting circuit.

And their has been no lack of medals coming to the Broad Street dojo.

After the successful trip to Ireland the club was back in Scotland fighting in the WKC open in Blackburn first.

Calvin Keenan and Terry Cook both won early fights and only to loss out narrowly before the medals.

However, Ben Smith, Luke Shields, and Olly Smith went one better to win bronze medals in their individual sections. Sammy Maxwell then won two silver medals fighting in her own age section and in the upper age section for black belt girls, were she lost due to excessive contact, but another set of solid performances from her.

Lucy MacDonald also won silver in her section with some great kicking. However, the club did win three titles with Elize Bauld and Robyn Ironside again displaying great skill to win their sections but top fighter of the day was young Cole Webster who blasted his way to the 2019 title with a very controlled and aggressive set of performances for a very young man.

The club then travelled to Wishaw for the 2019 Grand Prix event with Lewis O'Reilly winning silver after a lay-off and again a very sound performance for him. Elize Bauld, however, continued her winning form of late again winning the 2019 title.

The Meadowbank Open was next and the club had a group of very young and first time fighters entering.

Luke, Terry, Mia, Glen and Calvin all fought great but missed out on the medals but showed great promise for the future but young William Preston, in his first ever tournament won bronze with an excellent and determined display .

Lucy MacDonald won bronze in her group and Olly Smith won silver with his best performance of the season in a very busy group. Cole Webster won silver in his event as did Elize Bauld, with Robyn Ironside being the only gold medalist with another excellent display.

Emma Duncan won a well deserved silver medal , returning from injury and as usual gave a gutsy but skilful display on the mats.

The last event was in Darlington with a small team travelling down to the NE Open. Cole Webster and Luke Shields lost narrowly early on in the vent but valuable experience was gained by both.

Allan Goodwin reached the final of the adult black belt section and finished in silver position after a bruising encounter. Elize Bauld gave another top class set of performances to win the gold medal in fine style to complete the day for the club.

Meanwhile Melissa Maxwell is entered for the 10k karate fight, in London, were she will fight all the top women for a cash prize so the club are travelling down to support her in her title bid .

In summary club coach, Gordon Maxwell, thanked all the fighters and their parents for their support and efforts: "It's great to see the club having some many new and very young fighters willing to put themselves up for serious competitions and test themselves.

"The experience will enhance their skills but also build confidence for the future and they are a credit to their friends and families. It's never easy getting up to fight in any discipline so well done to them all and hopefully they all have great future's ahead of them ".

Next up from the club is the Scottish Open then the big one, the British Championships in England, which they are already training for at the moment.

The club is always looking for new members, anyone can just drop into the dojo on Broad Street, in Cowdenbeath, during any week night and register their interest.

Finally the club who like to express their deepest regrets to the loss of one of its patrons Mr Jimmy Scally who passed away last week.

Jimmy was a supporter of the club and officially opened the club's gym when he was Cowdenbeath citizen of the year. A true giant of a man in the community he will be sorely missed by all and the club extends it's deepest sympathies to all his family.