It was an open and shut case for a Birmingham lawyer after she secured a British Tae Kwon Do gold medal.
Stacey Cockbill, a paralegal working in the insurance disputes team at Mills & Reeve, won at the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) British Championships.
The 32-year-old took part in the sparring event - which typifies the sport’s semi-contact high energy fighting style - taking gold in the ladies’ lightweight blue division. She is now British champion in this class, a title she will hold for one year.
Ms Cockbill, who represented the Oldbury and West Bromwich clubs, part of West Midlands Tae Kwon Do, competed alongside more than 1,200 athletes.
A Korean martial art characterised by head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, Tae Kwon Do has been an Olympic sport since 2000. Welsh athlete Jade Jones won Britain’s first Tae Kwon Do gold at London 2012.
She said: “Winning gold in the British championships has involved a lot of hard work and dedication. I love to compete and I am so glad it has paid off.”
In addition to the British title, Ms Cockbill won gold in Cardiff at the Welsh Championships earlier this year, following winning student of the year in 2014 for her club. She is aiming to compete at the 2016 Tae Kwon Do World Championships, which will be held on home soil in Birmingham next July.