BRADFORD martial arts club Gracie Barra has won six titles at the Brazilian Jui-Jitsu Junior National Championships in Wolverhampton.

The club, who had youngsters between the ages of five and 17 competing, also claimed three silvers and a bronze.

Nine-year-old Mya Hill claimed the club’s first gold of the event before Hayden and Izzy Quirke won three silvers between them, with eight-year-old Hayden striking in the No-Gi (without the traditional jiu-jitsu uniform) and Gi events, and five-year-old Izzie getting on the second step of the podium in her first event.

Brothers Logan, Lucas and Cade Smith, who are nine, 12 and five respectively, added to the haul with further medals, with Logan taking bronze, Lucas gold and Cade two golds.

It was a particularly impressive display by Cade, who, after winning his own category, was asked to move up a weight and again took gold.

Evan Duncan, 11, displayed his notable arm-bar technique, which took him all the way to the final for another gold.

Then 17-year-old George Eatwell, the oldest member of the squad, won a final gold in what was a poised and dominant display.

Other club members taking part were Evan O'Hanlon, five, brothers Aryan and Mohammed Rashid, who are seven and eight respectively, Paddy Thompson, eight, Ismail Ali, Jayden Taylor and Dom Burgess, who are all 10, Salmoni Emom, 13, and 14-year-old twins Mackenzie and Brandon Bennett.

“For some of these guys, it was their first time competing, and for some it was their first time back after a long break, but every single one of them did us proud,” said Gracie Barra's Sam McGinty.

“As all the team know, it’s not about winning.

"As nice as winning feels, it’s about growing and building character, which these kids certainly achieved on the day.”