Clubs get a kick out of strength­en­ing NW ties

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ben Leahy

Hed­land kick­box­ers will spar with their Kar­ratha coun­ter­parts next month be­fore grab­bing a beer to watch the Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Com­pe­ti­tion’s show­piece 200th show on pay tele­vi­sion.

The North West Muay Thai club will travel down the high­way on July 9 for a train­ing and spar­ring day with Kar­ratha’s Im­pact strength and mar­tial arts gym team.

The North West crew will have din­ner on Satur­day night, and the next morn­ing will head back to Tam­brey Tav­ern to watch pop­u­lar heavy­weight Brock Les­nar’s re­turn to the UFC against Aus­tralia’s Mark Hunt.

Hav­ing moved to Hed­land from Kar­ratha, North West MT trainer Adam Bierl said he used to train with the team at Im­pact be­fore they started their new gym.

“This trip is a re­la­tion­ship builder be­tween the two towns, where we will be hav­ing a train­ing ses­sion and do­ing light spar­ring,” he said.

With the UFC al­ways en­ter­tain­ing to watch, he said the crew then looked for­ward to Aussie Hunt’s bru­tal knock­out power pre­vail­ing over World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment star Les­nar.

“The UFC has been pos­i­tive since it kicked off be­cause it has helped raise the pro­file of all forms of mar­tial arts,” he said.

North West MT runs Muay Thai classes at South Hed­land’s Wanangkura Sta­dium on Mon­day and Thurs­days, 7pm-8pm, and at Port Hed­land’s Jim Caf­frey Hall on Tues­day and Fri­days, 7pm-8pm.

Car­dio Box­ing classes run in Port Hed­land at Jim Caf­frey Hall on Tues­day and Fri­days, 6pm-7pm. The group also runs its last Kid’s Kick­box­ing class for this term in Port Hed­land on Fri­day at 5pm.

Bierl said the club planned to run an­other eight-week pro­gram in term 3 be­cause the Hed­land ju­niors had loved the classes.

“We try to keep our kids’ classes fun, with not as much stress on for­mal grad­ings as per­haps other mar­tial arts,” he said. “And the kids learn so fast.

“Last night, we were in awe at how far they have come in such a short time.”

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