MARTIAL ARTS: Bristowe strikes gold in world finals

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TEEN ace Jack Bristowe really put Holbeach Drove on the map after delivering a golden performance at the WKC (World Kickboxing Council) World Championships.

The 14-year-old became WKC World Champion in the -60kg boys continuous section at the tournament, which was held in the Sancti Petri resort at Cadiz, Spain.

Bristowe was representing the BCKA club (Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire), who train in Peterborough, Stamford and Wisbech. He trained six times a week in preparation for the event.

His team-mate Marco Broccoli also collected a bronze medal in the -80kg men’s points section.

Andy Whitwell, senior executive instructor of the club, said: “All these students have trained so hard and are on top of their game, I am extremely proud of all of our fighters.

“They have performed on two different stages and showed their class. Our BCKA team took 14 competitors to Cadiz and returned with six world champions and six bronze medal winners.

“It is easy to see why BCKA Kickboxing is regarded as the top martial arts style in the area.”

Whitwell is a 4th Dan Black Belt in BCKA Kickboxing, 4th Degree Black sash in BCKA Five Animals Kung Fu and a 3rd Degree Black sash in Lau gar Kung Fu.

Anybody interested in taking up martial arts can contact him to find out the best suited evening, club and instructor for your personal training needs.

Call him on 07969792286, email or visit the website for more information.

All sessions are on a pay-as-you-train basis, with discounts offered for families. Whitwell believes that with plenty of hard work and dedication, any student could be competing at international level competition.