World title joy for Maverick Lizzie
MAVERICKS Martial Arts student Lizzie Bell won her first world kickboxing title at the WKU World Championships in Killarney, Ireland.
Bell won two golds and a bronze medal and the tournament after competing in the light contact, points fighting and kumite sections.
She started with the kumite and light contact in the first day, winning all her quarter-finals and semi-final fights to reach the finals of both later in the week.
The following day, Bell reached the semi-finals of the points fighting section, only to lose by one point in a sudden death to an American All Star fighter.
The next day she had her Kumite final, which is a Karate style points-fighting section. Bell dominated her opponent to run out a comfortable winner and take the gold medal.
On the last day she competed in the light contact final, her strongest section and the one she most wanted to win. Against last year’s world champion, Bell fought a tactical fight using superior movement around the mat and fast sidekicks to stop her opponent gaining any momentum. This forced a split decision to secure her first Kickboxing World Title.
Bell is now the third World Kickboxing Champion from Mavericks Martial Arts in Guildford, where she has trained for three years under head coach Alex Kennedy.
Mavericks offers free trial classes to anyone who interested in taking up kickboxing. See the website www. mavericksacademies.com .
Number one: Lizzie Bell on top of the podium