Junior members at The Team Chongi Academy, from Crewe, competed in a region qualifying competition for UKMF (United Kingdom Muay Thai Federation) in Knutsford.
They are now all on their way to the National Final – to be held in Birmingham this summer – having secured their places in the Northern Area heats last month.
The squad consisted of four of the total Junior team: Connor Philips (10) placed joint first in 9-11 years category, Brandon Lindop (10) placed joint first in the 9-11 year category, Kenny Philips (8) qualified in the 6-8 years category and Jess Wrighton (14) qualified in the 12-14 years category.
They were watched by a large group of supporters adding encouragement all the way. The crowd were treated to some excellent bouts showcasing superb technical aspects of the discipline.
Mark Russell, Head Coach said:
“We are privileged to be associated with the UKMF as their objectives, like ours, are to maintain and promote excellence in the Muay Thai Art as a form of cultural art, self – defence and popular ring sport”.
The Junior team’s success and qualification to the UKMF National Final has been as a result of training hard, approaching the build-up and competition on the day with a mature mind.
We have created a very potent force at The Team Chongi Academy and enjoy enabling every team member to reach their own potential.
That’s what makes us stand out and why we have an excellent teaching and competing reputation.
We are really excited to have earned a place, to showcase the Junior members potential, at a national level this July.
Our sights are set even higher though, as we are aiming for European achievement too in the very near future.
The summer competition will prove an excellent springboard for that aspiration”.
Mark shared, what he believes to be one of the secrets to keeping a competitive edge, from his knowledge of winning consistently at a world class level
“We train and prepare with our minds firmly fixed on keeping in top condition, mentally and physically.
Opportunities come along every month to demonstrate our ring skills and this means that, from a vast squad, there is always an opportunity for individuals to step up, take on new challenges, aim higher and compete. Experience shows that if you train hard, the fight is easy”.
“We have some exciting challenges lined up over the next few months to add to a good start to the year competitively for both seniors and juniors at The Academy.
Last month saw two of our Senior Squad Members – Juliana Bergel and Aaron Hale earn their second victories of this year at another regional competition and we are taking a larger squad to the National Body Power Muay Thai Event at the NEC, Birmingham, 17th May “.
Mark finished by saying:
“The coaching team get their rewards from bringing on new talent too”.
So if you want to try something new and set yourself fresh challenges, visit www.teamchongi.com.
We look forward to you joining our Team and we will give you a warm welcome.