Martial arts
Thaitans shine in Manchester

By Liam Moakes Monday 18 February 2013 Updated: 19/02 17:45

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REDDITCH-based Thaitans Martial Arts Academy had an amazingly successful day in Manchester on February 10 when six Junior Warriors and one senior fighter competed amongst the best in the country in the growing Celtic Challenge series of Muay Thai format shows.

The fights were all decision fights, with one Thaitans junior fighting for one of the prestigious Celtic Challenge Title belts.

The junior team was made up of youngest fighter Ryan Payne (age 7 22kg), James Rowand (age 7 24kg), George Rowand (28kg age 7), Ellie Pardy (28kg age 8), Lewis Simmons (30kg age 8), Callum Shuck (32kg age 12) and senior James Clarke (age 20 62kg).

The day took place in two halves, with the juniors fighting in the afternoon and the seniors on the evening show.

First in the ring for Thaitans was Lewis, in only his second decision bout. Lewis was on the back foot in the first round with his opponent driving him backward and scoring well but Lewis listened to his corner well and changed his tactics and got stronger through the fight.

Using his clinch and knee techniques very well, Lewis gave the judges no option but to award him a unanimous victory, giving Lewis his first win and Thaitans their first triumph of the day.

Next in the ring was James Rowand in his third decision bout. From the start James was the better fighter, landing clean scoring left kicks across the other boy's body, and he took the points in every round as he eased to victory.

Next up for Thaitans was Ellie Pardy in her debut decision fight. She was to be fighting against a Birmingham girl from K-Star gym.

This girl was a little lighter than Ellie but very quick with her kicks. The girl countered very well, forcing Ellie to chase her around the ring for the first two rounds.

This was proving to be a very tiring and costly tactic for Ellie who was now two rounds down. For her first fight Ellie listened to her corner team incredibly well and changed her tactic from chasing to cutting her opponent's space off and forcing her on to the ropes.

This tactic proved invaluable to Ellie who could now keep the girl cornered and worked her skills and Ellie turned the scoring around in the final three rounds to seal a fantastic victory.

Then came Ryan, fighting for a Celtic Challenge British Title belt to add to his Junior British Championships Belt.

Ryan outclassed his opponent from start to finish, giving the judges no question in awarding him his second British Title.

Next up was Callum Shuck who was fighting a lad with far more experience than himself. Both lads matched each other for kicks and punches but, with his opponent's experience just giving him the edge, he managed to just outscore Callum.

The last junior up was George in his second decision bout. He was fighting a very energetic lad who favoured clinch and tried to score with throwing George to the ground.

After a shaky first round George listened to his corner well and kept his nerve. He managed to land better knees in the clinches and stayed on his feet when the lad tried to throw him to seal a great victory for George and Thaitans.

Finally on the evening show Thaitans had James Clarke making his debut for the club against a lad with three fights' experience.

This was not to phase James though who had trained incredibly hard for his first fight. His opponent was in equally good shape as James and it looked like it had the makings of war of the fittest.

James started the exchange off with a strong front kick which seemed to shock his opponent a little. This gave James the confidence he needed and he proceeded to throw fantastic combinations of kicks, knees and punches.

The fight was to last only 39 seconds with James winning by technical knockout. An amazing first performance from James and a great victory for Thaitans, who won six of their seven bouts on the day.

Thaitans have two more fighters in action on February 24 in Birmingham and also James Clarke again on March 2 in Coventry.

Thaitans are also hosting a inter-club competition on March 3 at Studley Road Social Club in Redditch which is a great opportunity to watch some Thai Boxing action.

Thaitans are also putting on Redditch's first ever professional Thai Boxing show in April at the Studley Road Social Club.

If you are interested in taking up a martial art as a hobby then Thaitans hold regular weekly classes for ladies, juniors, beginners and advanced in Thai Boxing.

There are also regular Mixed Martial Arts classes for wrestling and BJJ, self-defence Krav Maga sessions and also general fitness and circuit training classes, plus one-to-one sessions available in all the above.

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