Grading joy for kickboxers

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TWO senior kickboxers from the Wirksworth-based Derbyshire Kickboxing Academy have achieved their 2nd Dan Grade.

The grading for Mark Smedley and Simon Coleman was judged by Tom Hibbert, president of the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations of Great Britain (WAKO-GB).

Mr Hibbert attended the grading at Wirksworth Leisure Centre and watched both kickboxers perform a complex series of strikes and kicks from their syllabus and demonstrate their skills in light contact sparring.

The grading took almost two hours to complete, demonstrating the stamina and endurance required by kickboxing at this level.

Chief instructor and authorised WAKO GB examiner Richard Wilkinson (3rd Dan) said: “Mark and Simon performed exceptionally well to pass their grades to such a high standard. The club is very proud of them and they are a credit to the other instructors. Well done to everyone.”

Anybody interested in joining or training at the club is welcome. Follow the club on Facebook by searching for DKA WakoGb or you can contact Richard Wilkinson on 07578 494221 or Lindsey 07575 422057 for club details.