WALTON siblings Lexi and Leon may only have a combined age of 19 yet they are already making an impression in the world of mixed martial arts.

The youngsters from Blackwood started practicing martial arts at four years of age and haven’t looked back since, with Lexi, 11, recently winning in 33 seconds on her competitive MMA debut.

The exploits of Lexi and younger brother Leon, aged eight, have caught the attention of big MMA names, including UFC world champion Eddie Alvarez and female fighter Molly McCann.

And it’s not just MMA that keeps them occupied six days a week – they have won gold and bronze medals at jiu-jitsu world championships and medals and trophies in Muay Thai.

Both regularly update their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, showing all the hard work they have been putting in.

Most of the content comes from training sessions at Shore Mixed Martial Arts Centre of Excellence (Muay Thai) with coach Kru Hehm and UFC star Jack Shore, Newport MMA (jiu-jitsu) with Wayne Arandjelovic, Sonny’s ABC (boxing) and Unique Health & Fitness (strength and conditioning).

“MMA is taking over and a lot of martial arts coaches are noticing this,” said dad Mark Walton.

“A lot had moved away from martial arts but are now starting back up.

“Those who take part in fights aren’t allowed to go for head shots until they are 14 or 15.

"MMA is safe for kids and then they gradually fall into the mainstream.

“It’s good experience for Lexi and Leon. Lexi absolutely loved that first show she was on.

“People will say they wouldn’t like their kids t get into sports like this, but if they enjoy it, they enjoy it. It helps keep them fit and active.

Lexi and Leon are looking for sponsorship from local businesses to help them fund their training, competitions and equipment.