JU Jitsu competitors returned home from America with a raft of silverware last month.

Stuart Ord, 46, and Dylan Hunter, 21, who practice at Leigh Self Defence Studio on Railway Road, went to Florida to compete in the British squad at the WCJJO World Championships.

Stuart took bronze in the masters sports ju jitsu division while Dylan picked up silver medals in the grappling and sports ju jitsu disciplines.

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Dylan Hunter wearing one of his silver medals

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Luca and Kyle Ord

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Stuart with fellow ju jitsu fighters Alex Gee and world champion Max Robinson

Stuart’s sons Kyle, 11, and Luca, seven, also competed in the WCJJO Open Championships that was running at the same time.

Black belt Kyle, a Hindley High School pupil, struck gold in Brazilian ju jitsu and sports ju jitsu.

Luca, who wears a purple belt, scooped bronze medal in Brazilian ju jitsu.

Stuart, who lives in Hindley Green, said: “As a family to go to America and come back with four medals was beyond our wildest dreams.

“It was a really great trip.

“Kyle was chuffed to go there and take the medals away.

“Luca was quite surprised to win a medal too.”

Stuart and Dylan qualified from their results in the British championships last year.

“It was fantastic to be part of the British team,” said Stuart, who owns Leigh-based skip hire company, J.A.S Environmental Services.

“I have been involved with the squad for the last 18 months and they are great gang of people who work hard.”

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Stuart with his wife Helen

Stuart, who took part in martial arts as a child returned to the dojo six years ago after Kyle wanted to get involved in the sport.

He also coaches at the club.

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Sensai Alan Francis, 59, from Leigh, opened the club 21 years ago.

He said: “I am very proud of the four of them for winning the medals.

“It is an achievement for the people of Leigh and shows that martial arts is alive and kicking in the town.

“We get kids coming into the club who have been bullied or are shy and I enjoy seeing how martial arts improves people’s confidence.”

Ju jitsu and Thai boxing sessions are carried out at Leigh Self Defence Studio. For more information go to the club's Facebook page.