Seven members of the Canton Martial Arts Muay Thai Kickboxing team, based at Bourne Primary School, attended the Martial Arts All Styles International Federation, Kickboxing National Championships held in Gillingham last Sunday.
With nearly 500 competitors attending from across the UK, attaining a coveted National Title was going to be a hard fought battle, and one to be highly cherished.
With two youngsters from the club, Rocky Hutton and Aswen Nash being up first, the team was right behind them.
To say the two did themselves proud is an understatement, with Rocky winning two National titles and a runners-up trophy, while Aswen, at her first ever event, beat five boys in total to win one National Title and one runners up.
Kigen Richard Canton, 5th Dan Black Belt, and Chief Instructor at the club, said: “The two set the adults up for a great day. Their heart and spirit, along with their tremendous results, made us want to step up to the mark and fight that much harder.
“I am so proud of Rocky and Aswen, and then all the seniors who really did an amazing job also, and above all represented Eastbourne to the highest level.
“For a small kickboxing team based here in Eastbourne, we have produced some great champions and stars of the future.”
In the adults section, Richard was the stand out competitor of the day, winning four National Championships in the Black Belt divisions.
He said: “I had to do it for the team and lead by example. I am honoured to be not only a part of such a great team, but be one of the leaders in spearheading our team’s success.”
Other National Champions from the team included assistant coach Darren Warren, and first time competitor Gary Lavinere - both winning a coveted title within their respective divisions.
Assistant coach, Brett Wells and first timer Neil Pont both competed and won runners-up trophies.
Tournament Director, Leo Alderman, said: “Canton Martial Arts displayed some fantastic skills today. It’s great when they attend and it’s great to see them do so well.
“I am sure they have all trained hard and with Richard Canton leading them, they deserve all the success they have achieved today.”
This was the final kickboxing event for the team and, in total the seven-strong team won 14 trophies, nine being National titles.
The Karate squad, from ‘Team Canton’ has the National championships left in December.
For more information on the Eastbourne-based Black Belt Academy call 01323 419779 or visit www.cantonmartialarts.org.uk