A SALTCOATS martial arts ace is celebrating major success.

Ardrossan Academy pupil Kyle Bruce (13) recently headed to Dunfermline, where he successfully passed his 2nd degree Blackbelt.

Kyle has trained for almost 10 years at the Shibumi Karate Club based within the KA Studios at St Matthews Academy.

He regularly trains two to three times per week at karate, as well as being an accomplished footballer.

Kyle has been representing Scotland on the international stage at karate for more than three years, competing in British European and World Championships.

Sensei John Deans said: "Kyle is a really dedicated and talented lad who reaps the benefits of his chosen sports because he is willing to put in hard work and when the going gets tough he digs in and pushes himself for success. He is a credit to his age group and I wish others in the area could do as well as he has."

Training at the Shibumi Karate Club runs from 7pm to 8pm every Monday and Wednesday. People are invited to head along and try. The first class is always free.