KICKBOXING: Cougars in top shape to tackle unified world championships (From Somerset County Gazette)
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KICKBOXING: Cougars in top shape to tackle unified world championships
3:00pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in Sport
TWO fighters from Taunton Cougars Kickboxing are competing in the Unified World Championships in Tuscany, Italy, which start on next Tuesday.
Instructor Mark Monk and Black Belt student Conor Bannister are representing England in Full Contact Kickboxing.
Both fighters have made their way through the National Championships and British Kickboxing Council Championships to secure their place. Normally, the World Championships are hosted by one organising Affiliation, however, this event will be unique where no less than five organisations will come together to compete.
It is estimated that over 2,000 competitors will attend and 46 areas/rings will be available.
This means that they could fight a number of opponents over the course of the event and should be televised on EuroSport.
Monk says: “I'm excited at the opportunity to represent my country in one of the largest kickboxing events to date as well as coaching a student.
“Both Conor and I have been training exceptionally hard over the past few months in preparation for this.
“You have to fight smart – do enough to defeat the opponent but leave gas in the tank for the other bouts.
“We have both cut weight and carried out the most intense work-outs I can remember.” Both fighters have had sponorship from a variety of businesses to fund training and the event.
Jeremy Hyams, of Property Consortium UK and black belt of Cougars Kickboxing, provided 50% and Jon and Helen Howe of Lumiere, Cheltenham, also gave a large donation.
The fighters have also received sponsorship sourced from small businesses including Heavenly Cupcakes and King’s College for gloves, traning equipment and fight gear. Monk said: “We are greatful and appreciate all the help we have received.
“This is an exciting time as Cougars Kickboxing currently has an undefeated record in Full Contact Kickboxing and this also coincides with the tenth year the club has been running.” As this is too good an opportunity to miss, both fighters have also opted to fight in a second category before the Full Contact.
Monk will take on the light contact K-1 and Conor the light contact kickboxing.
If you would like to know more about the club and training contact Mark Monk on 07773-458934.