ARMED with a fighting spirit and a will to succeed, a small group of Tae Kwon Do students has been putting Laidley on the map in the world of martial arts.
Following a number of fighting victories earlier this year, seven students from the Laidley College of Tae Kwon Do travelled to Brisbane to compete in the KMA Open Martial Arts Championships on the weekend.
Dubbed the X-Treme team, the seven students put on an impressive display of tae kwon do to claim a total of 13 trophies.
The result cemented the Laidley club in second place.
A standout among a range of well-executed performers was Chris Attrill.
Attrill was the only wheelie student to compete in the championships, and fought well to win two gold (one in patterns and the other in breaking wood with self-defence).
Adding to the achievement was that Attrill claimed the wins competing against a full field of able-bodied competitors.
"He was the only wheelie competitor in there, and he ended up winning two gold medals," College of Tae Kwon Do owner and instructor Guy Hubert said.
"And he has only been doing it for about two-and-a-half months."
Hubert said he was always confident his students would perform well.
"There was about 200 students and 13 different schools and clubs there, and Laidley came out second overall with 13 medals," he said.
"That's the ultimate feeling as an instructor and I'm proud to be from a small town in the Lockyer Valley that has so much talent in all walks of life."
Hubert said he was expanding his College of Tae Kwon Do to hold a class at the Gatton Indoor Sports Centre every Monday from 5-7pm.