A DREAM has come true for a Widnes martial arts enthusiast.

Mike Southern, aged 19, enrolled with Matt Fiddes Martial Arts 10 years ago and has just achieved his 4th dan, gaining the title Master Southern.

He was named northern and British champion and decided to become a full time instructor last July.

Mike, of Lockett Road, said: “I have trained so hard over the last 10 years,  I am so proud of myself and my achievements.

“Martial arts has given me the confidence to be the best I can be.

“I aim to keep training and develop myself further in the future.”

Mike completed a 10 mile run, 1,000 press ups, 1,000 sit ups and three hours of martial arts training at his grading taken by 9th Dan Grandmaster Bob Sykes.

Bob said: “I have seen many gradings but this one has been the most tough both mentally and physically. Mike is a credit to martial arts.”

Mike teaches full time in Warrington, Altrincham, Sale and Wigan and trains under the watchful eye of instructor Master Steve James.

For more details visit mattfiddescheshire.co.uk.