Lo­cals stand tight for Beast Coast In­va­sion

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

Christ­mas is com­ing early for lo­cal fight fans with the East Coast Muay Thai (ECMT) club pre­par­ing for a mas­sive age grade mar­tial arts fes­ti­val later this month.

The Beast Coast In­va­sion will be held at the Whatuwhi­whi Com­mu­nity Hall on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 15, with 17 bouts sched­uled on the card, in­clud­ing sev­eral where na­tional ti­tles will be up for grabs.

ECMT head in­struc­tor Emmz Trego said he hopes the wider com­mu­nity will come out in force to sup­port the mati­nee event with fight­ers from “all over the coun­try” com­ing.

“Our show is the big­gie. We are bring­ing a youth fight show for our kids to the Far North. It’s gonna be quite a big, mod­ern Muay Thai event with full Muay Thai rules. We have crew com­ing up from Napier, Ti­maru and Hamil­ton ...”

Four of the 17 matches on the evening card will be ti­tle shots, and there will be sev­eral mem­bers of the Ju­nior Black Gloves, the na­tional mar­tial arts team, in ac­tion.

Three of those will be con­tested by fight­ers from the host­ing club — Sonny Trego, Lfah Trego and Manu Tepa­nia — with the lat­ter set to fight in the event’s head­liner.

“We’ve also got Emma Nes­bitt from Team Nes­bitt com­ing up to take on one of our best kick­box­ing girls in the Far North, Wik­i­to­ria Tipene,” Trego said. ***

Trego took sons Lfah and Sonny along with ECMT sta­ble­mates Mary Jane Ge­orge, La­ree­sha Waipouri and Soul Heke to a fight event in the Cook Is­lands last month.

He said ECMT had been in­vited to rep­re­sent the Far North and Aotearoa at the Cook Is­lands Muay Thai Is­lan­der

"Our show is the big­gie. We are bring­ing a youth fight show for our kids to the Far North. It’s gonna be quite a big, mod­ern Muay Thai event with full Muay Thai rules. "

Emmz Trego

East Coast Muay Thai head in­struc­tor

Ho­tel Fight Night. on Novem­ber 17.

Only two of the five ended up be­ing matched on the night, with Mary Jane Ge­orge win­ning her 8-year-old girls 33kg di­vi­sion bout, while La­ree­sha Waipouri, won her 9-year-old girls 45kg bout, both wins com­ing over fight­ers from the host­ing club

The three oth­ers who trav­elled were ei­ther un­able to be matched or saw their op­po­nents pull the plug. Win­ning by de­fault were Sonny Trego, 8, Soul Heke, 10, and Lfah Trego, 11.

“So they [still] got tro­phies. It was run by pro­fes­sion­als,” Trego said.

He wasn’t overly per­turbed only two fight­ers ended up hav­ing to get in the ring.

“I look at it as a learn­ing curve by ev­ery­one who runs fight shows. We flew over there, got a bit of train­ing in, day af­ter the fight gave our kids a bit of treat, did ev­ery­thing you could do on the is­land.”

He also noted the event rep­re­sented a great build up to the com­ing Beast Coast In­va­sion fight night next week.

■ The Beast Coast In­va­sion will be held at the Whatuwhi­whi Com­mu­nity Hall on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 15. Doors open 12pm with tick­ets cost­ing $15 pre-sale, $20 on the door, $10 for chil­dren aged 10 and over, and a gold coin for those aged un­der seven.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Lo­cal youth who rep­re­sented East Coast Muay Thai at a mar­tial arts tour­na­ment in the Cook Is­lands last month - all suc­cess­fully - were, Sonny Trego, Mary Jane Ge­orge, Lfah Trego, La­ree­sha Waipouri and Soul Heke. Most will be in ac­tion at the Beast Coast In­va­sion mar­tial arts fest in Whatuwhi­whi next week.

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