Black Knights battle bravely

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A young Black Knight slayed his competitors to become British champion at the World Ring Sports Association Championships.

Christopher Egerton-Jones Jr will now work towards competing on the world stage having shown the composure and professionalism to see off a couple of team-mates on his way to the top.

Burnley Black Knights

Burnley Black Knights

The talented martial artist wasn’t the only one to return with medals as three other fighters from the Burnley-based club left with silver.

Full contact fighter Jameel Saddique just had his timing wrong with his strikes in the final against a very good mover while Jay Hawthornthwaite’s future in the sport is golden as a tenacious display sealed a runner-up spot.

First timer Olivia Ainsworth-McCoskery also narrowly missed out on being crowned a champion, despite throwing countless combinations, but every cloud has a silver lining as she finished in the prizes.

Riona Hartley also secured silverware following a spirited performance against an older, taller and more experienced opponent in the finale.

Skillful competitor Jayden Saddique continues to grow from strength to strength despite losing out to an old nemesis and Ben Thornton will return stronger than ever after his tournament was cut short by an illegal technique from his opponent.

Finally, Alfie Horne might may not have left with a medal but he left as the peoples’ champion after showing heart, grit and determination.