Crewe’s Will Robinson has just taken the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) under 70kg British title just four years after taking up the sport.
Twenty six year old Will, a former pupil of Sandbach School and Sandbach Sixth Form College, studied for five years at Liverpool John Moores University, gaining a BSc degree in Sport and Exercise Science and a Masters in Applied Human Physiology. It is here that his love of kickboxing began.
Will trains for 20 hours a week at the Team Chongi Academy, on Eaton Street, in the town, under the direction of Britain’s own Thai and Kick boxing expert Mark Russell – himself a former four-time heavyweight champion of the world.
Wills gruelling regime includes Thai and Kickboxing, as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – some of the other disciplines offered at the Academy.
“I used to work out at a regular gym in the city centre until a martial arts school opened downstairs from it. I’d always been a massive fan of combat sports and decided to branch out and learn some form of self defence whilst keeping fit and shaping up at the same time. After my first class I was hooked – I got to develop technique and skill, as well as enjoying a fun and fantastic workout. After graduating from university and moving home to Crewe, a friend told me that Mark trained in my gym here and that he was starting to teach classes locally. It was a dream come true to have that level of instruction available in a small town like ours.”
Mark Russell owner and head coach of Team Chongi Academy wants to keep Will busy to build his experience, as Mark is looking for Will to break onto the international scene by the end of the year.
“Sessions ran twice a week and it wasn’t long before demand grew, additional sessions ran and Mark eventually opened up his own gym, the Team Chongi Academy. It’s then that I began to take my training more seriously. And here we are, three and a half years on and I’m a British title holder. I’m absolutely delighted and intend to train harder, improve further and continue to compete at even higher levels.”
Team Chongi Academy Head Coach Mark Russell said:
“Many people see champions on TV or online and don’t realise that with the dedication and hard work they too could be successful athletes. Will is the first of what we know will be many home grown champions from our team.”
Will fought Danny from Great Kings Gym in Manchester on the 3rd March 2013.
It was a very even fight going into the last round until Will landed a perfectly timed head kick to drop his opponent for an 8 count.
Story & Photo © Team Chongi Academy 2013