KAZOKU-KAN Judo Club in Droitwich took home medals at the recent Adaptive World Games in Beverwjk, Holland.
Liam Jones – who turned 16 on the opening day of the competition, was fighting in his first senior bracket, and Felicity Warburton – making her comeback from a dislocated knee injury, excelled in their bouts.
Jones fought a range of fighters from senior blue belt to Dan grade in the Tachi-Waza category – gritting his way to a bronze medal to rank as the third best in the world in his category.
Meanwhile, Felicity, at 13, was the youngest competitor in the senior bracket in the Ne-Waza championship against senior orange belt and senior brown belt fighters.
She put on an excellent technical display to also rank as the third best in her category.
Jones also participated in the Kata category, in which he ranked second in the world alongside his partner.
Both Liam and Felicity starred in the open Beng Memorial Championship on day two, with Jones’ take-down of a Dan in his opening fight being the key highlight.
Jones finished third in both categories that he fought in, whilst Warburton equally earned a third-place against more experienced opposition.
The pair’s performances left head instructor Rich Morrish beaming with joy.
“To witness these two get on the Tatami and give it their all against much higher graded opponents is truly inspirational.
“Each time any of our students compete, it’s always a humbling experience.
“I am truly thankful to be part of their journey.”