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Kickboxing youngsters are real good sports

For kick and country: Rocco Gent, Jaice Stone,  Adam Nelson and Tyler Harwood, have passed their ISKA trails making them eligable to represent Great Britain in this years World Kickboxing Championships

For kick and country: Rocco Gent, Jaice Stone, Adam Nelson and Tyler Harwood, have passed their ISKA trails making them eligable to represent Great Britain in this years World Kickboxing Championships

These youngsters have the fancy footwork to take them all over the globe.

The young kickboxers could soon be heading to the world championships after successfully passing trials for the sport.

The four lads, who train at Warriors Gym in Hawkins Street, Preston, put their skills to test at the International Sport Kickboxing Association trials.

And Rocco Gent, Jaice Stone, Adam Nelson and Tyler Harwood, are now eligible to represent Great Britain in this year’s World Kickboxing Championships in the Czech Republic.

Shaun Noteman who runs the gym said he was “proud” of the primary school children.

He said he thought it would be a good experience to put the kickboxers in for the trials.

He said: “It means if they want they can compete at the world championships in May.

“I am very proud of all them, I am proud of all the children.”

The gym has been running for 15 years and has been in its current location for four years.

Shaun added: “We have won many British titles and also the world championship.

“They are some of the first generation of junior kickboxers we are mentoring in the competitive side of the sport.”

The gym has been running junior kickboxing sessions for around a year and a half and this was one of the first tournaments for the juniors. They were really brave.”

Shaun said a decision had not yet been made on whether the boys would go on to the next stage to compete but said it was a “great achievement” for them.

He added: “They have got another fight coming up next month so they will get more experience.

“It is more about confidence, it has got to remain enjoyable for them.”

Paul Gent, dad of nine-year-old Rocco from Ribbleton, said: “He absolutely loves it, he does seven hours a week at the gym, he would do more if he could.

“Really it was like a test for them but once they were there there was no nerves, they were brilliant.”

Louise Nelson said the group, including her son Adam, nine, had done “really well.”

The 39-year-old from Lea added: “We were a bit in shock to be honest, they came in with a clipboard and called out their names. They have all done so well.”

Tyler’s mum, Gill, 36, from Deepdale, added: “I am very proud, he went on Saturday and he absolutely loved it. When he got in he was shattered but he had such a good time.”

Claire Stone, 32, mum of Jaice, eight, added: “He hasn’t been going long. He loves it. He does all four martial arts that Shaun offers. It is really good, especially for their age.”

 

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