Academy youngsters win six national titles

SUFFOLK'S highly successful Combat Kickboxing Academy has claimed six national titles in the space of just two days.

SUFFOLK'S highly successful Combat Kickboxing Academy has claimed six national titles in the space of just two days. The academy, which is based in Walsham-le-Willows with additional centres in Woolpit, Stanton, Debenham and a newly-opened one at Bury Leisure Centre, is building a powerful reputation throughout Britain under the guidance of 4th Dan Blackbelt Peter Dunnett.

The first triumph came when Dunnett's son Lewis won the English Under-16 British Kickboxing Union title in front of a huge crowd in Surrey. Lewis was awarded a unanimous decision over three rounds after out-classing his opponent with his ringcraft skills and body head kicks.

The following day nine fighters from the club and 85 supporters travelled to Bracknell in Berkshire for the British International Kickboxing Martial Association's Open Championships.

Megan Rose fought a boy and was congratulated on her skill and aggression. She was unfortunate to lose the bout by a single point. Matthew Rose then fought well and pulled off some great spinning kicks but again lost by one point to the home fighter.

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Sophie Dallas was up against a reigning champion from Essex for a vacant British title. The 13 year-old showed great heart and skill to try to stop her much older and highly aggressive opponent but could not get her kickboxing skills going and lost the bout. Gareth Hurrell fought really well to draw his British title fight.

Craig Clark fought next against the reigning undefeated British champion. Craig showed true grit and determination it was so close at the end of the three rounds that both fighters fought an extra round to see who would claim the title of British U14 Open Champion.

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The deciding round went to Craig, who did not stop going forward connecting with some great body kicks and head punches.

Leon Dunnett, the reigning BBKU U10 English champion was next up for the British U10 title. Leon moved well, connecting with great spinning kicks and body punch combos and a great jumping Superman punch that sapped all the energy from his opponent. Leon dominated every round and was rightly crowned British champion.

Conor McCormick who already is the World Combat Federation British title holder was next to fight for the U16s English title against a taller and older opponent from Essex.

Conor stamped his authority on the fight straight from the start, refusing his opponent space or time to move. The highlight of the fight was a fantastic spinning hook kick that caught his opponent off balance and sent him to the canvas. Again the referee raised Conor's arm to announce him the title holder.

Next was Lloyd Dunnett who is already the U12s BKBU champion. Lloyd outclassed his opponent, pushing him back with some great front kicks and solid jab punching highlight of this fight was a perfectly placed left leg roundhouse to his opponent's head. Again the CKA fighter was had his arm raised as U12 British champion.

Jake Gladwish faced an opponent from South Essex for the British title. Jake dominated from the start, forcing the referee to step in to stop the fight in the second round.

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