World ti­tle joy for Mav­er­ick Lizzie

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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. mav­er­ick­ .

Num­ber one: Lizzie Bell on top of the podium

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