Laura Bell (20), of Forrestfield, and Kaelee Hamlett (15), of Lesmurdie, took part in their first kickboxing title recently and came away with accolades and praise from their mentor and a win for Laura.
Their instructor, Murray McKechnie, has been teaching kickboxing for two decades in the Shire of Kalamunda.
�I started in the Agriculture Hall 17 years ago,� he said.
The business has moved to Walliston and is on Laurence Road.
McKechnie said he was thrilled with both trainees� fighting capabilities and said Hamlett could become an elite athlete.
�She has the killer instinct, which is never give up and she has reserves that enable her to come back when she is down and triumph,� he said.
�I was so impressed with her fight.�
Hamlett said despite losing her fight to Bullsbrook�s Jessica Seery, from Country Muay Thai, she was very happy with her effort.
For Bell, her win was a thrill and not something she would have considered doing in the past.
She was up against Lisa Turner, from Mandurah Muay Thai.
�I decided to take up kickboxing for weight loss because my brother dared me to do it,� she said.
�That was three years ago, and now I love it so much I can�t imagine not doing it.�