This sport is my pas­sion – I can’t get enough of it

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Carl Bur­ton. Club: 12 Gauge Mar­tial Arts Mac­cles­field. Po­si­tion: I am a head coach of 12 Gauge Mar­tial Arts Mac­cles­field, and com­pete from 12 Gauge Mar­tial Arts Stock­port, un­der head Coach Matt Thorpe. 12 Gauge Mac­cles­field is a satel­lite Club of 12 Gauge, Stock­port. Num­ber of mem­bers: We, 12 Gauge Mac­cles­field are a small club with 20 mem­bers at the mo­ment, as we have only been open since Jan­uary 2014. How­ever, 12 Gauge Mar­tial Arts Stock­port has over 200 mem­bers and has been es­tab­lished for a num­ber of years. We are a grow­ing club. We may have only been es­tab­lished for a few months, but my stu­dents have al­ready been com­pet­ing and have won medals for the club. What do you en­joy most about your sport? I en­joy the chal­lenge that ev­ery­day brings. This sport brings out the best in you and let’s the real you shine through. It is chal­leng­ing but also the most en­joy­able sport to me. When and where do you meet? I meet my stu­dents in the evenings on week­days for train­ing ses­sions, and in the after­noons at week­ends. My gym is lo­cated on Gunco Lane in Mac­cles­field called 12 Gauge Mar­tial Arts Stock­port. I meet my Coach of 12 Gauge Stock­port, in Stock­port in the evenings when I am not teach­ing, in the day­time when I am not work­ing, and also at week­ends. I like to keep fo­cused. I train to learn and also train my stu­dents. I also fit in pri­vate train­ing ses­sions with my stu­dents and also my coach when I can. This sport is my pas­sion, and I can­not get enough of it. What is the best thing about Mac­cles­field? The com­mit­ment of peo­ple from the area when they train, and lo­cal busi­nesses such as Chrome Mo­tors of Mac­cles­field which sup­port many sports in the area. Chrome Mo­tors also spon­sor me which is fan­tas­tic. I am also cur­rently work­ing with the coun­cil to cre­ate a Youth Scheme, which will give Youths of Mac­cles­field the op­por­tu­nity to learn a new sport, dis­ci­pline, re­spect, and new friends. What is the worst thing about Mac­cles­field? Mar­tial Arts as a sport isn’t ad­ver­tised very much in the lo­cal area – Mac­cles­field is very foot­ball-fo­cused, es­pe­cially in the me­dia. There is not enough cov­er­age of com­bat sport in the area – but there is great lo­cal tal­ent and other gyms in the area too. I am do­ing what I can to ad­ver­tise the sport in Mac­cles­field and am cur­rently look­ing to pro­mote the sport on the ra­dio. If oth­ers could get as much en­joy­ment from the sport as I do, it can only be a pos­i­tive thing to hap­pen. What is the most mem­o­rable sports re­lated thing to have hap­pened to you? I was se­lected to com­pete in the World Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas from Tues­day, July 1-6, 2014, at ban­tamweight. I came third in the world at my weight and have come away with a bronze medal. I am proud of my achieve­ment and can­not wait to com­pete again. I hope to rep­re­sent my coun­try and town again next year! What’s your great­est sport­ing achieve­ment? As men­tioned above, I man­aged to com­pete and come third in the world at the IMMAF World Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas. To get the op­por­tu­nity alone was a great hon­our, but to re­turn to the UK, to my home town Mac­cles­field with a Bronze medal is the great­est sport­ing achieve­ment for me so far in my ca­reer. We cur­rently have a 30-day free trial if you sign up on our web­site. You can con­tact Head Coach Carl Bur­ton on 07956 177 123 to have a chat. We run group ses­sions and also pri­vate one-to-one ses­sions. Ev­ery­body is wel­come – it is a sport for all ages whether you are fe­male or male. We are lo­cated in Can­non Mill, Gunco Lane, Mac­cles­field. To find out more visit: www.12gauge­mar­tialarts mac­cles­ Face­book: ‘12 Gauge Mar­tial Arts Mac­cles­field’

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