Max wins three golds at championships
CHESHAM martial arts youngster Max Whitley has come home from the World Kickboxing and Karate Union (WKU) World Championships with no less than three gold medals.
The tournament, held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Heathrow, lasted a whole week and saw hundreds of fighters from all over the world take part, with Whitley representing England.
It encompassed several different martial arts – including kickboxing, karate, Muay Thai and taekwondo – and several different types of sparring, as well as categories for forms or patterns.
Whitley, who trains with Pegasus Kickboxing as well as Chesham Taekwondo Club, was invited to take part following his recent tournament successes, even though he had never entered a kickboxing tournament before.
But with kickboxing being similar to the taekwondo he usually practices, the 12-yearold was eager to compete, and had three months in which to up his stamina training through regularly sessions at Chesham and with the England squad.
He was entered in the -35kg 12yrs and under light contact continuous sparring and made an immediate impact, eliminating two English team mates and two Welsh fighters, putting him through to the finals against a Czech opponent.
There, Whitley emerged as world champion via a unanimous decision, and a second gold soon followed in the pattern event, where he laid on some beautifully performed techniques with more power than opponents five years older than him.
Whitley was then put into the England side for the team sparring event, where they fought through to a final showdown with Germany.
There, the Chiltern Hills Academy pupil found himself in the deciding fight against a heavier opponent, but undeterred, he kept his cool to win, again with a unanimous decision, to add a third gold to his collection.
Proud dad Keith said: “Not only did Max win every fight, but he did so with amazing style which not only did his coaches comment on, but many of the watching crowd too.
“We now have a very happy young martial artist who has his sights set on the Olympics one day. The way he’s going – who knows?”
Anyone interested in training with Chesham Taekwondo can visit www.cheshamtkd.com or search for the club’s Facebook page.
Max Whitley has come home from the World Championships with three gold medals Contributed