Fenland kickboxer powers to Irish Open bronze medal in first appearance at major tournament

A TALENTED Fenland kickboxer has bagged a bronze medal in his first appearance at a major competition.

Jack Bristowe, from Friday Bridge, put in a powerful performance at the Irish Open in Dublin, competing in the boys under-165cm section.

The teenager trains five times a week with the British and Chinese Kickboxing Association, who have clubs in March, Whittlesey, Wisbech and Chatteris.

Coach Andy Whitwell said: “He has a great future with the BCKA and is a credit to all the coaches that have worked hard with him. He is a star of the future.”

• A RECORD number of Fenland martial arts students have successfully graded to white, red, yellow and orange belts.

The belts were awarded to 47 students at grading sessions held by the Fenland Martial Arts and Fitness Club. Grading for the more senior green and blue belts will be held on April 8 with brown belt grading scheduled for June.

The club now runs four nights a week in Cambridge, Doddington, Chatteris and March for children aged five and above to adults. For more information phone 01354 740925 or visit www.falconsmartialarts.co.uk