Ja­cob’s mad on muay thai

Matamata Chronicle - - Matamata Breeders’ Stakes - ABBY BROWN

A lo­cal 13-year-old muay thai fighter is set on win­ning a gold medal in Thai­land.

First, though, Ja­cob Clarke has to win his cat­e­gory at the New Zealand muay thai na­tion­als in Hamil­ton on March 12. If he achieves this he has an op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent New Zealand in Thai­land for the World Ju­nior Muay Thai champs. Pre­par­ing for the world champs ‘‘will in­clude very hard train­ing ses­sions as well as week­end camps in Auck­land with other kids fight­ing for the New Zealand Black Gloves,’’ he said.

They will all have the same goals so first he needs to fo­cus and win the na­tion­als, Clarke said.

The rugby player, who started train­ing at Griz­zly Thai Box­ing Gym in Pukekohe with Mike Gault to keep him­self fit over the sum­mer sea­son, has won six of the 12 fights he has had. In the two years he has been in­volved in the sport he has had three losses and three draws. He trains at Fit­zone Gym, which has spon­sored him, four to five times a week, in­clud­ing box fit, cross fit and car­dio work outs. He then pol­ishes up his muay thai skills at home with his dad.

If any­one can help Ja­cob please con­tact Dar­ryl Clarke on 027 2974717.

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