Portishead kickboxers return as world champions
PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:30 13 November 2018
Epic Martial Arts club captain Kam Doyle became a double world champion, while Alex Fellender-Evans also became world champion at the WAKO World Kickboxing Championships.
Eight fighters from EPiC Martial Arts in Portishead, travelled to Jesolo in Italy, as part of the Great Britain team to compete in the WAKO World Kickboxing Championships.
Under EPiC head coach, Andy Cleeves, they had completed a 12-week intensive fitness and training programme, to ensure they were all physically and mentally prepared for the challenge awaiting them.
The EPiC fighters were Alex Fellender-Evans, aged 11, Harvey Tyler (12), George Sherlock (12), Tyrese Redgers (12), Harrison and Ellie Doyle (13), Katie Williams (15) and Kam Doyle (17).
With 63 countries taking part and more than 2,000 competitors, this is the pinnacle of the sport. Ellie had the proud honour of being picked as a flag bearer for the team at the opening ceremony.
Club captain Kam was competing in three disciplines as the competition, points fighting, light continuous and kick light and had three fights every day, a very tough ask.
He led from the front, with some phenomenal performances, stopping many opponents early, due to his exceptional timing and technique. Fighting the world’s best, he looked another level above and came away from the competition a double world champion and bronze medallist.
Youngest member of the team, Alex, followed up his European title last year, by also being crowned world champion in his 28kg point category.
Further medals followed for Harvey (two silver), George (two silver) and Katie (bronze).
Head coach Andy said: :Being picked to represent your country is a huge honour, then to compete and contend for medals on the highest stage possible is a massive achievement and demonstrates the high standards we are promoting at EPiC Martial Arts.
“I am hugely proud of all the eight fighters and the way they competed and conducted themselves amongst the world’s best fighters.”
EPiC Martial Arts would like to thanks club sponsor, Mark Stallard from Safety Horizon, South West.
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