Kickboxer wins silver medal

TWO martial arts students from Royston-based GMax Academy took part in the CIMAC Superleague Kickboxing Tournament in Windsor recently.

The tournament was sanctioned by the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO), one of the world’s largest martial arts bodies, and featured competitors from across England and Wales.

Billy Gwyther, 15, was first up in the 15-17-year-old U60kg category, and won his first bout with some lightening-fast boxing skills. In his second bout, Billy was up against a much more experienced opponent, who used some effective kicks to keep him at bay. But after a fine display Billy was awarded the silver medal.

Damien Hunt, 23, featured in the largest and arguably toughest category of the day – the adult men’ U74kg. Damien put on a masterful display of movement, kicking and boxing to win his first bout with a unanimous decision. His opponent in his second bout proved to be an effective counter-puncher, picking up points with rapid boxing combinations. The judges scored 2-1 in his opponent’s favour, with Damien finishing fifth overall.

GMax Head Coach Glen Stanway said: “Both fighters did me and the club very proud. They have only been kickboxing for a few months, and yet showed they could take on some of the best kickboxers on the English tournament scene.”

GMax teaches Kung Fu and Kickboxing classes in Royston, for children and adults. For further details, please visit the website or call Glen on 07563 755 199.