TWO martial arts specialists from the district have returned from an event in the Midlands where they promoted a rare fighting style.

Hexham’s David Wells (46), and Prudhoe’s Callum Beeckmans (15) were at the Lock Up venue, in Birmingham, on Sunday.

They demonstrated skills in the African-American martial art of 52 Blocks, which focuses on defensive moves.

David is the only coach outside of New York who is certified to teach 52 Blocks, and has been working with Callum, who is already a seasoned mixed martial arts competitor.

“We had a great day in Birmingham,” said Callum’s dad Mark Beeckmans. “There was a full turn-out, and everyone there had some form of martial art background.

“They were interested in learning about 52 Blocks, and they were very impressed with Callum, who was even asked if he was a professional. Everyone got a lot out of the day.”

David and Callum demonstrated how fighters can protect themselves in an enclosed environment, using skills attributed to 52 Blocks, which is understood to have evolved in American prisons.