Max wins three golds at cham­pi­onships

MAR­TIAL ARTS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

GOLDEN BOY:

Max Whit­ley has come home from the World Cham­pi­onships with three gold medals Con­trib­uted

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