Melton aces get a kick out of winning medals

Some of the BCKA Leicestershire fighters who have won 33 medals already in 2016 EMN-161005-155239002
Some of the BCKA Leicestershire fighters who have won 33 medals already in 2016 EMN-161005-155239002

It’s been an impressive year so far for members of the BCKA Leicestershire club, with 33 medals won already from six national and international competitions.

Squads, including competitors from Melton, range in age from five up to 45.

It all started with the qualifers for the WKC World Championships, which will be held in Portugal in October.

Five students took partwith first-time competitors in a WKC event.

It doubled as the British open championship in Manchester, with Anneka Sherratt, Gareth Thorley and Morgan Penniston coming home with six silvers and a bronze plus great experience of competing at this level.

The club also took more experienced competitors to the tournament with two-time world champion Brent Penniston and world champion Emmadee fox, not only competing but also taking a step on to the other side of the mats and judging the forms sections until it was their time to compete.

Between them they came away with four gold, two silvers and a bronze.

Experienced Dave Richards came away with a gold and a bronze.

The club’s next outing was to the WAKO British open competition in Birmingham, with Forms/Kata competitors Emmadee Fox, Brent Penniston and Anneka Sherratt claiming a creditable two silvers and two bronze medals..

Emmadee Fox and Brent Penniston also went to the biggest open competition in the world, the WAKO Irish open championships, where they won a silver and two bronze medals between them. This was a big achievement as they competed in large categories.

Then it was back to England for an inter-club competition - the first of three they will attend this year.

This was time for their inexperienced fighters to step on the mats.

Charlotte Davies took on a world champion and managed a silver in points and in continuous.

Young Addison Newton won silver on his debut.

Lara Stevens also took to the mats for the very first time, against a competitor who was twice her size.

She had to move up a weight category due to there not being any other competitor at her age and weight.

Lara got a big shot to the face but she bravely returned to the mats for the last part of her fight and got a huge cheer from everyone watching.

Her progress means she is heading for the BCKA England team.

The club came away from this event with nine medals, five silvers, three bronze and a gold.

Brent Penniston went back toNorthern Ireland to enter a new competition and came away with a silver.

The most recent event for the club was the first WKC youth games, with six-year-old Morgan Penniston winning a bronze.

All are welcome to attend club sessions, with classes available for three-year-olds and upwards.

Monday: 7-8pm Melton Mowbray Kickboxercise (Samworth Centre);

Tuesday: 7-8pm Syston kickboxing and kung fu (community centre);

Thursday: 7-8.30pm Melton Mowbray kickboxing and kung fu (Polish Club);

Saturday: 10-10.30am Kung Fu Kids for 3-6 yrs old (Polish Club), 10.45-11.45am Kickboxercise (Polish Club), 12-1.30pm kickboxing and kung fu (Polish Club), 1.30-2.30pm sparring (Polish Club).