Martial arts megastars keep success in the family

World Class: Husband and wife Mick and Cathy Dickinson with their son Liam
World Class: Husband and wife Mick and Cathy Dickinson with their son Liam
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Meet the Lancashire family which is truly world class.

The martial arts megastars are not ones to boast.

But their recent haul from the TYGA World Championships at London’s Crystal Palace would take some beating.

Mum Cathy Dickinson won two world championships, a silver and a bronze, dad Mick scooped one world championship, a silver and a bronze, and, not to be outdone, son Liam gained one gold world title.

It’s all down, they say, to practice making perfect and the support and training at Garstang Martial Arts Club, where the couple are both instructors.

Mick, 56, and Cathy, 57, shared gold in the pairs’ self-defence category, with Mick gaining silver in points fighting and a bronze in Kata.

Nurse Cathy, who works at the Oaklands Cheshire Home in Garstang, picked up another gold for kick boxing, a silver medal in Kata and a bronze in points fighting.

Meanwhile Liam, 19, a UCLan animal science student, studying at Myerscough College, won gold in points fighting.

The family, who live at Abbeystead, where Mick is head forester on the Duke of Westminster’s estate, have spent many years perfecting their skills.

Cathy has been a devotee for some 40 years, whilst Mick saw an advert in a newspaper in 1986 for classes and has never looked back. The couple met though martial arts and married 22 years ago. Now they train three times a week and at home as well.

But though success was sweet it was not a novelty – the family have many top titles over the years and Mick said: “We didn’t celebrate – we just came home and carried on. We had five world titles last year – it’s just ongoing. Between us I’ve won the nationals 10 times and Cathy has won it the same.”

But he also admitted: “We lose just as many as we win!”

Cathy said: “It’s nice to be in a sport that keeps you fit and keeps you going and if you win something that’s even better. You meet some amazing people, you get emotionally and physically challenged. It’s a very good de-stresser.”

For Liam, triumph came after he came second in his category in 2013 and 2014:. He said: “It felt pretty amazing.”

Information about the club, which meets at Garstang Leisure Centre and Cabus village hall, and celebrates its 30th anniversary this Christmas, can be found on Facebook page Garstang Martial Arts. Students are taught a variety of martial arts including ju jitsu, kung fu and karate and over the years the club has attracted members aged five to 79.