Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's combined martial arts team members depart the island next Monday, Heroes Day, aiming at ambitious international heroics in back-to-back world championships in Europe.
The local fighters' first stop will be Benidorm, Spain, for the prestigious International Tae kwon do Federation (ITF) World Championships, October 23-27.
After Spain, they move on to North Cyprus for the October 29-November 3 International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships.
Jamaica's charge in Spain will be led by Sheckema Cunningham, Jamaica's first-ever ITF female bronze medallist.
Cunningham and Alrick Wanliss historically won bronze medals in sparring at the 2011 ITF World Champs in New Zealand, Jamaica's best ever showing.
Dussard, one of Jamaica's most decorated fighters, is yet to medal at the ITF World Champs and aims to make 2013 his year.
Cunningham and Dussard have been in fine form this season. Cunningham, especially, will be aiming to medal in three world championships after taking double gold at the US Open in July.
Meanwhile, Jamaica's charge in Cyprus will be headed by Kevin Brown and Danielle Chang, talented fighters with international pedigree.
Both won gold medals at the US Open and are set to win their first individual medals on European soil.