First competitive competition for martial arts juniors

Caitlin Haddow

Caitlin Haddow - Credit: Archant

MARTIAL arts students from Royston’s GMax Academy took part in their first Kung Fu Tournament held at Royston Leisure Centre.

Jake Grimes

Jake Grimes - Credit: Archant

Twelve junior students aged seven-11 competed in four categories, performing various Northern Shaolin Kung Fu routines.

Glen Stanway, founder and chief instructor of the GMax Academy, said: “I wanted to organise a tournament to give the children a taste of what it is like to compete before I take them to regional and national competitions later this year.”

The event also raised in excess of £100 for the GMax Foundation, which has paid for training equipment for the club and raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Some tightly contested categories saw Caitlin Haddow, aged 7, and Jake Grimes, 9, win gold medals, with Reese Grimes, 7, winning silver, and Dillen Ellis, 10, and Liam Marshall, also 10, taking bronze medals.

George Stanway, aged 8, won a gold and a bronze medal, with Emilio Mullard, 8, winning two silvers.

The “winner takes all” Freestyle Category saw 10 children competing for the GMax Chin Woo Wushu Champion 2013 Trophy Shield.

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The students performed some very complex and sometimes acrobatic routines, with Jake Grimes crowned the eventual champion.

GMax teaches Kung Fu and Kickboxing classes in Royston.

For details visit www. or call Glen on 07563 755199.