Grading joy for youngsters

Jesters MMA Club youngsters at a recent grading day
Jesters MMA Club youngsters at a recent grading day

The next generation of budding kickboxers from Jesters Mixed Martial Arts Club in Matlock have been put through their paces at their recent grading day.

In all, eight of the club’s Little Ninjas, aged 4-8, took part, where they were assessed on the techniques they have been learning each week.

They all passed with credit and were presented with certificates.

JMMAC’s Little Ninjas coach Rohan Aked-Slack commented: “All these youngsters demonstrated great focus and discipline throughout the grading and they all deserved to pass.”

It is hoped that many of these students will soon be ready to move up to the junior section of the club.

Meanwhile, older members of the club travelled down to Huntingdon Kickboxing Club to take part in an inter-club challenge.

Fighters from each club were paired off against each other in a low-key sparring contest with points awarded to each winner.

It was an ideal opportunity for less experienced members to enter the ring and compete for the first time.

In all, 11 of the club’s juniors and seniors took part, including ring debuts for Trina Signey, Harry Mellor, Jon Green and Jack Woods.

It was Trina and Jon who put in the best performances, showing composure and technique way beyond their novice status.

The Matlock club just came out on top by a score of 6-5 and was awarded the Challenge Shield in what was an excellent day’s competition.

It is hoped this will become an annual event between the two clubs.

New students are always welcome to join the friendly atmosphere which JMMAC offers, along with the chance to gain new skills in the form of a martial art.

For more information, contact Rohan 07980 834574 or Mark Ball on 07825 876177.