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World championship trip for martial arts group gets the chop

For the past year the students have been training for the competition Photo: Let's Do Martial Arts

A martial arts group in Dumfries has been forced to cancel it's trip to the world championship after the collapse of Monarch Airlines.

The students from Let's Do Martial Arts were hoping to represent Scotland in the World Karate & Kickboxing Championship in Portugal.

Monarch Airlines ceased trading at the beginning of October and all flights, including theirs, were cancelled.

For the past year the students have been training for the competition.

Chief Instructor, David Gauld, said the hardest part was breaking the news to the club:

We booked the flights a long time ago, we were training hard, excited to go.

I'd heard speculation about Monarch but there was the same rumours last year, and woke up with the news they were in administration.

I just thought about the youngsters in the squad right away, if this was true, how to break it to them how they would take it and go from there.

To work so hard for something and then for it to just be taken away in one morning like that is very unfair, especially for youngsters to try and understand.

A harsh lesson in life that they've all taken very well."

– David Gauld, Chief Instructor, Let's Do Martial Arts

In a bid to still compete, the club set up a Crowdfunding page which has raised over £2000, but they couldn't get replacement flights that would work for them.

The World Karate & Kickboxing Championship is a highlight of the martial arts calendar and competing there means a lot.

Last year the club won medals in various events, and the students are disappointed they can't defend those in Portugal:

Despite not being able to compete in this year's championship, Let's Do Martial Arts are aiming to go to the European championship next spring.