Fenland’s fighters kick their competition into touch in 2015 with a staggering 291 trophies

Fenland British Chinese Kingboxing Association with their impressive haul of 291 trophies won in 201

Fenland British Chinese Kingboxing Association with their impressive haul of 291 trophies won in 2015, which included 15 world titles. - Credit: Archant

Fenland British Kickboxing Association (BCKA) is celebrating after 2015 proved to be one of its most successful years to date.

Fenland BCKA's Wendy Whitwell (2nd degree black belt), Freya Molloy (1st degree black belt), Zac Cul

Fenland BCKA's Wendy Whitwell (2nd degree black belt), Freya Molloy (1st degree black belt), Zac Culpin (2nd degree black belt), Jaden Harris (1st degree black belt), Martyn Booth (3rd degree black belt), Chelsea Mead (1st degree black belt), Simon Munday (2nd degree black belt). - Credit: Archant

The association, which trains kick boxers of all ages in Wisbech, March, Whittlesey and Chatteris, fought their way to a staggering 291 trophies last year, including 15 World titles.

The club celebrated their impressive achievements by having an end-of-year photoshoot to show off their world-beating trophy haul.

Andy Whitwell, instructor at Fenland BCKA said: “I’m very proud of all the members in the photographs. I’m especially pleased for the fighters collecting trophies for the very first time in their first ever competitions.”

Fenland BCKA also capped off a year of success by being crowned Club Grand Champions of the Peterborough Series and the Norfolk Open Series.

The two series events carry points systems, with points awarded for sparring. Points are added up over the course of the series and a winner is then crowned – and this year Fenland’s fighters took the title of Grand Champions, much to the delight of Any Whitwell.

He said: “I am proud to say that even with the international fighters unable to attend some of the series dates in Peterborough and Norfolk, Fenland BCKA won both of these titles with heavy competition from other clubs around the UK.

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“We are the undisputed top club around.”

December also saw the Fenland club’s fighters travel to Corby and bag their black belts after a year of strenuous training.

Wendy Whitwell, Zac Culpin, Martyn Booth, Chelsea Munday and Simon Munday all achieved black belts, with Freya Molloy, Jaden Harris and Chelsea Mead taking the gruelling grading for their first degree black belts, which Whitwell believes were richly deserved.

He said: “The level of commitment and dedication needed to achieve one of our black belts goes without saying.

“The three members from my club taking the grading for first degree black belt were pushed to their absolute limit and all three were absolutely exhausted at the end.

“Similarly in the second degree and third degree black belt gradings, the students needed to dig deep and show the skills necessary to be awarded their additional degree grades.”

The club is now looking for new members in 2016. All sessions are pay-as-you-train, with no contracts or direct debits setups and all clubs are Men, Women and Children mixed with no beginners or Ladies only classes and New members are taken in at all clubs to train alongside experienced students.

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