Silver at the double for duo

Daisy Mae Poolford and Esme Roberts, two seven-year-old students from Warrior Martial Arts in Congleton, recently took part in the Brazilian JiuJitsu World Championships in Wolverhampton.
The pair had been training hard for the event alongside around 1,600 children from all over the world.
It was Daisy and Esme’s first major competition and their instructor Keith Hipkiss said he was “incredibly impressed with their performance and attitude at such an enormous event”.
Daisy has been training with Warrior since she was four years old and Esme since she was six. Daisy recently took part in an inter-club grappling and kickboxing competition at Machine MMA Gym run by UFC hall of fame veteran Ian Freeman. She occasionally visit’s Freeman’s gym and trains with his daughter Kennedy who is now a professional MMA athlete. Daisy’s ambition is to one day become a professional MMA fighter like her idol Kennedy.
On the day of the competition, Daisy narrowly missed out on gold and was awarded silver and so too was Esme after three tough fights.
The club’s Mandy Rowles said: “Two silver medallists at the world championships is a huge achievement for two seven-year-olds and the club couldn’t be more proud.
“These two young ladies and other members of the club will now be focusing on the nationals that are coming up in September.”
For more information about the club and training times, visit or call on 07964 474493 or 07817 460567.

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