A MARTIAL ARTS academy in Denbighshire is celebrating the success of its members - who range in age from three to 68 years old.

The Denbighshire Taekwondo Academy was formed in 2001 and, since then, has gone on to produce numerous Welsh, British and even European and World champions.

Its main full time academy is run out of Prestatyn since, but it does have a satellite club based at Ruthin Leisure Centre.

All in all, the Denbighshire Taekwondo Academy has more than 150 members from all corners of the county; including Rhyl and Kinmel Bay and even from beyond as far as Flint.

It also currently has two students who compete for the Welsh national Taekwondo team.

Some of its most successful members include:

Layla Young who has been training with the academy for the past 18 months and is currently a blue belt, being the British champion in her belt category. She is an 'exceptionally talented' martial artist according to academy owner Gareth Pritchard.

Freya Roberts with the trophy she won for being best student in Wales of any age grading for her black belt.

Freya Roberts with the trophy she won for being best student in Wales of any age grading for her black belt.

Freya Roberts (above) was the academy's youngest ever black belt when she earned that aged just 8 years old.

Freya, now 9 years old and from Rhyl, is also a current British champion and is a European champion in her age and belt category.

Ian Jones (below) is a red belt from Dyserth and is another one who is a current British champion. He started training with Denbighshire Taekwondo Academy two and a half years ago with his son Jeff and both enjoy training together in the family classes.

Ian Jones from Dyserth.

Ian Jones from Dyserth.

Fellow academy member Lewis Byles, 14 and from Flint, is a current British and European champion, who started Taekwondo aged 3.

Mark Butler is a 2nd Dan black belt from Kinmel Bay who just won bronze in the recent British championships.

Talking about Denbighshire Taekwondo Academy, Gareth Pritchard, a 5th Dan black belt himself, said: "We opened our full time academy in Prestatyn in March 2019 and our membership numbers have doubled in growth since then.

"We cannot wait to re-open again on May 17 and are now recruiting new members who would like to start with us. We start children from the age of 3 right up to and including adults. Our oldest member is 68!

"At the academy in Prestatyn we are open 5 days a week and anyone who would like to join can call me on 07867474819."