Exciting day of action for Jesters

Joe Firth, Emma Erskine, Tommy Paine, Jack Truswell of Jesters MMA.
Joe Firth, Emma Erskine, Tommy Paine, Jack Truswell of Jesters MMA.

Jesters Mixed Martial Arts Club members have taken part in a local interclub kickboxing competition, held at Burton-on-Trent.

With teams attending from as far afield as Cardiff, it promised to be an exciting day’s fighting for the group from Matlock.

The bouts were held under BLCC rules, which involves light contact fighting over three one-minute rounds with scoring for both offensive and defensive fighting.

JMMAC was represented by two juniors and two of the more experienced members.

11-year-old Tommy Paine was narrowly defeated in an excellent bout against a fighter from the Midlands-based Black Cobra gym.

Both boys demonstrated a high level of skill and technique but it was the greater experience of Tommy’s opponent that clinched the fight.

Another of the club’s promising youngsters, Jack Truswell, had a successful day, comfortably winning his first bout and then competing in a demonstration bout shortly after.

Joe Firth made a welcome comeback into the ring after a nine-month layoff with a demonstration bout against a much heavier fighter from Birmingham’s USKA gym.

Joe showed his class with a display of fast sharp kickboxing that will boost his confidence for future competitions.

The final fight of the day for JMMAC was Emma Erskine, who suffered a rare defeat at the hands of the host gym’s Sophie Barnett.

Despite being younger and giving away over 5kgs, Emma nearly had the fight wrapped up.

But a strong final round from the Burton girl denied Emma victory.

New members are always welcome at the club, whether it is to compete or to keep fit. The club is based in its own fully-equipped gym at the rear of John Hadfield House, Dale Road, Matlock.

For details contact Mark Ball on 07825 876177.