WILTSHIRE mother and son duo, Kayleigh Eaton and JJ Smith have been crowned world champions in the ancient martial art of karate.

Kayleigh landed double gold in the female adult kumite and female hardstyle kata categories, while JJ was crowned the winner of the under-40kg male kumite competition.

Eaton also added silver in traditional kata, while Smith finished third in both traditional and hardstyle kata at the world championships, which were held in Wales.

The Trowbridge pair were representing England in the WKU traditional karate team after qualifying for the competition via separate methods.

Mum Kayleigh won the British Open in the female adult kata and kumite, while her 13-year-old son finished second in his age category at the same event.

After a near-miss at the world championships in a couple of categories, JJ recovered brilliantly to become English champion at the English Open in traditional weapons and kata.

Following a great deal of recent success, the Wiltshire pair have both been been selected to represent England in the 2023 WKU traditional karate team, held in Canada.

Due to the competitors being self-funded, both are aiming to fundraise as much of the trip as possible as they look to defend their titles.