Leigh Mitchell led the way for Team GB with 3 gold medals at the World Eskrima Championships last month. Eskrima is a martial art which emphasises weapon based fighting, and is the national sport of the Phillipines.
The tournament took place in Hawaii and was the 15th WEKAF World Championship (World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation).
Competition included full contact stick fighting, single stick, double stick, staff, padded knife and forms, where overall Team GB won 6 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Triple gold winner Leigh, in his first World Champioships, won the mens single padded stick (light armour), live stick and bankaw (staff) in his respecitve weight sections.
Kevin James Littlejohn won the gold for mens single live stick 40-56 years, whilst his brother Barry Littlejohn won both the mens over 57yrs single live stick and retained his gold in forms.
Andre De Beer completed the haul winning a silver and two bronze medals.
Leigh was reflective of his first taste on the world stage -
"It was fantastic to be part of the tournament on the beautiful island of Hawaii. The competition was really well run with many national champions taking part. It was also very sporting and respectful with a great atmosphere."
Double gold medalist Barry hopes Team GB's success will help to grow the profile of his sport.
"I would like to say that I am really proud to have taken part in the tournament as part of Team GB. I'm very happy to have won, it makes me smile every time i think about it. I hope the sport of Eskrima can continue to grow for years to come"
For more information see - http://www.wekaf-gb.co.uk/