Kickboxing - Getting a kick out of black belt success

PUBLISHED: 11:51 13 January 2006 | UPDATED: 13:21 28 May 2010

Andy Whitwell and son Chris

Andy Whitwell and son Chris

LEWIS Whitwell, of Whittlesey, has become the youngest black belt in the BCKA (British Chinese Kickboxing Association) following a successful grading in Corby. The 13-year-old passed the first degree black belt grading at the Rockingham Triangle Sports Ce

LEWIS Whitwell, of Whittlesey, has become the youngest black belt in the BCKA (British Chinese Kickboxing Association) following a successful grading in Corby.The 13-year-old passed the first degree black belt grading at the Rockingham Triangle Sports Centre in December and looked more impressive than the two adults taking the same test.Lewis held his nerve in front of seven BCKA executives and senior instructors and put in a superb display of speed and technique.Lewis' father, Andy, who is also senior instructor at the Whittlesey Kickboxing Club said: "I am extremely proud of Lewis and now we can concentrate on competition sparring with a view to gaining a place in the England squad."However, Andy Whitwell hopes that Lewis' achievements will be the first in a long line of family successes in the sport. He said: "My other three children and my wife Wendy are all training hard to achieve black belt status so I am hoping that we can achieve a clean sweep!"The Whittlesey club can already boast an England fighter in their ranks and Courtney Brown will be representing his country in Dublin in March.Whittlesey Kickboxing Club meets at Sir Harry Smith Community College, on Eastrea Road, Whittlesey on Wednesday evenings (Lau Gar kung fu), and Friday evenings (kickboxing) from 6.30pm to 8pm. A new kickboxing club has also started at The Stanground Jubilee Centre, Stanground College on Wednesdays (6.30pm to 8pm). New members are welcome.

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