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Muay Thai: Touchgloves juniors steal the show at British Championships

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: June 20, 2013

DREAM TEAM: The Touchgloves juniors, from left: Chloe Tanner, Ollie Savage, Claire Walkey, Amber Kitchen, Tommy Green, Isaac Ashley, Julie Kitchen, Brandon Willoughby, Nathan and Allaya Kitchen.

DREAM TEAM: The Touchgloves juniors, from left: Chloe Tanner, Ollie Savage, Claire Walkey, Amber Kitchen, Tommy Green, Isaac Ashley, Julie Kitchen, Brandon Willoughby, Nathan and Allaya Kitchen.

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THE Touchgloves junior dream team once again shook up the competition at the British Junior Championships in Solihull.

Six junior competitors from the team aged eight to 17 trained six times per week to meet the standard of the competition, attended by more than 300 competitors in some 24 categories, with the Touchgloves team taking four of the British title belts up for grabs.

Tommy Green won all three bouts in his category, up against first class opponents from as far as London, Manchester and Scotland to stamp his authority in the under 32kg division.

Tommy travels from Padstow to train due to the success of role model fighters Isaac Ashley and twins Amber and Allaya Kitchen, all past winners of the prestigious tournament.

The club was unable to obtain funding for the trip, but thank local businesses Cathedral Builders and AJs Treats and Eats who provided funds for travel costs.

The club also used locker money rental from the gym towards the cost of some of the hotel rooms.

Brandon Willoughby continued his amazing year with an epic performances against two of Britain's best juniors to win the under 42kg (12-14) category and confirm his status as Britain's No1.

Brandon is part of the GEMS Muay Thai Elite programme, run daytimes at Bolitho School, Penzance. He trains Muay Thai as part of his PE lessons and his improvement has been evident.

Opportunity

Sacrificing living at home with his family and school to board and train locally in Penzance, Brandon has every opportunity of following in the footsteps of many top Muay Thai/K1 fighters who travel the globe competing for their country.

Another Touchgloves youngster, Claire Walkey, who travels two hours on the train from Saltash, successfully defended her British title, while a new kid on the block, Mousehole's Ollie Savage, wowed the audience with a superb display to win his category and become Touchgloves' 41st champion.

Debutant Chloe Tanner unfortunately lost on points against a skillful more experienced in the under 58kg junior girls section. Chloe has been training for a year at the club and has lost over a stone in weight which has seen her confidence soar.

Bethany Bodilly, eight, narrowly missed out on a points win with an accidental foul on her opponent which later proved on video footage to be a false call by the referee.

Penzance Mayor Phil Rendle and sponsor John Sullivan (Sullivans Diner) visited Touchgloves to assess the junior Thaiboxing lessons run at 6.15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and was amazed at the standard and ability of the youngsters, enjoying a fitness session run by English champion Gemma Mitchell and two times World champion Lucy Payne.

Lucy herself started training as a 14-year-old junior at the gym but at just 21 has competed abroad regularly and is flying to Las Vegas next month to contend for theWorld No1 ranking.

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