Tuesday 2nd June 2009 by C. Freeman
Sixth Former Luke Smith is raising money to take part in the World Kickboxing Championships later this year. The event, which will attract entrants from all over the globe, will be held in November. Luke qualified for his place by coming third in a national tournament in Manchester when former Brooke Weston student, Richard Faller, also earned a place in the England squad.
Now they are joining forces to organise fund-raising events and sponsorship to cover the £1,000 cost each of attending the championships at Dublin's City West Hotel. Luke, who is in Year 12, said: 'I train four times a week in Desborough, Corby and Kettering. To be a good kickboxer you need good reactions and flexibility, you don't really need to be aggressive, you just need to basically hit first.'
He trains with the British Chinese Kickboxing Association and a typical session would include a warm up followed by punching and kicking practice then a sparring session. Fighters compete in weight and age categories at the championships with points being scored for each kick or punch they land on their opponent.
Luke has previously taken part in the European Championships where he reached the quarter finals and he is looking forward to competing at world class level. He said: 'It's a great opportunity which is why I am raising the money to go. I would definitely recommend it as a sport as it gives you confidence.'