A MARTIAL arts student based at a Markinch academy has recovered from a horrific motor accident to become one of the finest fighters in Europe.
Just a year ago Dean Begg, from Ladybank, broke both his legs and arms in the accident.
Now he has not only got over those injuries, but recently took the bronze medal at the Jiu Jitsu Euro Open.
Dean specialises in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a form of the art which is intended to give a weaker competitor an advantage over the stronger.
Dave Clark, head coach and owner of team unity MMA and BJJ, told the ‘Gazette’ that Dean deserves huge credit for the way he’s bounced back from his accident to perform so well at the event in Lisbon.
He said: “He was involved in a crash about a year ago and broke both his legs and his arms.
“He was really smashed up.
“But he came right back and that really sums him up.”
The club had a successful 2012 with some students competing in several events, including major championships in Brazil and France.
They’ve already added to that with Dean’s achievement in coming third at the most prestigious BJJ event in the world.
“Dean competed against competitors form all over the world to take third,” added Mr Clark.
“There was also a massive world participants entry and it was the strongest field in the BJJ circuit today.”
The club raised funds for Dean’s journey to Lisbon by taking part in various events including the Loonie Dook in Kirkcaldy.
BJJ has really come to prominence in recent years after first breaking through in the early 90s.
Dean also came fourth in the Scottish MMA awards last year while he was continuing his comeback from injury.