THE most prestigious event in the country for juniors in Kung Fu fighting took place at Hertfordshire University.

Dragon Martial Arts entered a small squad of six fighters.

For the last couple of months, these six juniors have undergone intense training under the guidance of former world champion Sara Joyce and British champion David Couldrey.

The two coaches had the team at 100% fitness.

The first fighter of the day was Vinnie Joyce, who never lost a round in the whole event, going on to win gold in the final of the six and seven-year-old boys' under 30kg.

The second fighter up was Ethan Cox, who won gold two years ago.

This time, he achieved a silver in the ten to 12-year-old boys' under 36kg.

In the boys' ten to 12-year-olds under 40kg, Freddie Pryor won a very close and hard-fought final to take gold.

After five hours of intense fighting, it was now the turn of the older juniors to step up to the mark.

A silver and a bronze were won by Ben Mitchell and Ryan Towler, giving a tally of two gold, two silver and bronze for the Dragon team.

Results: Gold – 6/7 years under 30kg; Gold – 10/12 years under 40kg; Silver – 10/12 years under 36kg; Silver – under 18 years over 80kg; Bronze – under 17 years over 80kg.