Alice kicks her way to club’s first black belt

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A MAR­TIAL arts group is cel­e­brat­ing its first black belt.

Alice Mun­sch, 13, kicked and punched her way to achieve her cadet black belt. Alice, a pupil at Fal­li­b­roome School, joined Voodoo Gym at eight years old. It is the gym’s first black belt since it was es­tab­lished seven years ago.

Dave Kari, who runs the gym on Ch­ester­gate, said: “This is a mas­sive achieve­ment for Alice at such a young age and we are very proud that Alice will go down in his­tory as our first cadet black belt.

“She works in­cred­i­bly hard train­ing two hours a week at kick-box­ing and two hours a week at Brazil­ian jiu jitsu.

“Her skills and ca­pa­bil­i­ties have ad­vanced so much over the past 12 months that we had to move her to the adult ladies class to en­able her to train at a higher level.”

Dave es­tab­lished the Voodoo Gym in 2008 with a few friends who wanted to train to­gether.

But in the last seven years it has gone from strength to strength and is now a full time job for Dave and his wife Amanda.

Dave added: “We now teach nu­mer­ous com­bat sports in­clud­ing, box­ing, Thai box­ing and kick­box­ing, Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu, sub­mis­sion wrestling and mixed mar­tial arts, as well as many fit­ness, yoga, strength­en­ing and nu­tri­tion classes.

“In 2014 our un­der-16 mem­ber­ship ex­ploded so we had to sup­ply more classes to meet the de­mand. We cur­rently teach eight com­bat classes a week for young­sters, as well as the 26 weekly adult classes.”

Dave’s Mar­tial Arts ex­pe­ri­ence be­gan more 30 years ago when he trained in tra­di­tional Ja­panese and Korean karate un­der Sen­sei Alf Bur­goyne, Muay Thai un­der Master Sken and Amer­i­can-style kick­box­ing and Wado Ryu karate un­der Pa­trick Scan­tel­berry.

● Alice Mun­sch, 13, and Dave Kari, who runs Voodoo Gym on hes­ter­gate, Mac­cles­field

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