Clubs get a kick out of strengthening NW ties
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.”