Thetford club on the world stage with Jiu Jitsu National Championships
The head instructor at Carlson Gracie Norfolk Gym in Thetford said the club has been put 'on the map' following its members' recent successes.
Lee Doski was discussing the club's emerging Brazilian Jiu Jitsu prowess, following a fantastic showing at the recent British Open at the Skydome in Coventry.
The club sent a contingent of 13 to the national event, with 11 returning with medals – three of which were gold.
And one of these was Doski himself, his first victory at the fifth time of trying, which led to club namesake Carlson Gracie Junior – a 'legend' in the sport – awarding the 43-year-old his first degree at black belt.
"We have become a known place to train and develop in the region with people coming from as far as Norfolk to train with us."
Doski said he was 'very proud' to receive the grading after achieving the win he had long targeted.
"It shows the process is the same, for me and for them," he said.
"We're learning all the time and you can always improve, but it also shows them that hard work is rewarded.
"We have become a known place to train and develop in the region with people coming from as far as Norfolk to train with us.
"And success at national competitions shows why we're beating everyone else."
Twelve-year-old Joe Gray Junior was another of the club's gold medallists, taking top spot in his 34 kg category.
Dad Gray Senior said he was 'delighted' and 'very proud' of his son's latest success.
"Joe is really happy with this result – he's now been crowned British champion in both Jiu Jitsu disciplines, Gi and No Gi, and that meant a lot.
"He's the undisputed champion at his age and weight in the country, and that's special."
Joe will next compete at the NAGA Championships in Malaga on June 2.
"He's on a mission to get that black belt one day," dad Joe added.