LOCAL kickboxing club SWK Lyme Regis had two reasons to celebrate this week.
After a six-hour grading session, not only did instructor Gareth Taylor receive his second dan black belt, but his student Kirk Hussey achieved his first dan black belt – the club’s first member to reach this level having trained since its inception five years ago.
The club has gone from strength to strength since Gareth opened it in 2014, initially helped by his own former instructor before taking over the classes himself. He now runs two classes a week, welcoming about 16 to 25 members to each.
Membership is constantly growing, with the friendly group welcoming men, women and children of all ages and abilities. The current membership varies in age from 10 to 54 and includes some families who enjoy training together.
Gareth – who started boxing aged 14 before progressing onto Thai boxing and kickboxing – offers special attention to newcomers in their first few weeks, ensuring they use the techniques correctly and safely.
Grading sessions are held every three months, allowing students to progress through the various belts, but members are also welcome to join just for fun.
Kickboxing is a great way to keep fit as you will use your whole body, but members will also meet new people, learn new skills, self defence, and improve their confidence. The sport is also a great way to relieve stress.
Classes are held at The Hub in Lyme Regis on Mondays from 7pm to 8.30pm and on Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9pm. The first class is free and membership then costs £30 for the year, which covers insurance and a club T-shirt, plus £5 per class. All profits are put back into the club, with Gareth building up a large collection of equipment to use in classes.
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