TWO karate kids are proving a force to be reckoned with.
Students Caitlin Watson, nine, and Grace Terry, eight, are proving you’re never too young to succeed.
The pair have been fighting their way to victory during the past year, picking up nine gold medals each.
The girls have competed in several major tournaments in the region and both became Grand Champions at the North East Open.
Incredibly, the girls only started training two years ago at the Kazen Kai Karate Clubs in Doxford Park and Penshaw and started competing just six months later.
Both Caitlin and Grace are coached by former national champion and ex-England and British international Eddie Gillespie, at Kazen Kai North East.
Sensei Gillespie said: “We’ve a great crop of young students coming through our clubs at the moment. Grace and Caitlin are two of the best.
“Both girls train at our clubs at least three times a week and it’s safe to say they show great potential.”
Eddie set up the Kazen Kai Karate Club 22 years ago and the girls are benefiting from his years of experience in the sport.
The big event at Kazen Kai was when Caitlin and Grace met each other in the final of the Teesside Open, with Cailtin emerging victorious after a closely-fought match.
Eddie added: “Their match when they competed against each other was outstanding.”
Not to be outdone, Grace took gold in the East Yorkshire Kickmaster tournament and the North East Open.
Kazen Kai North East has several clubs based in the area, at Washington, Doxford Park, Grindon and Penshaw.