A KICKBOXING lecturer is celebrating after beating off competition from dozens of competitors at an international event in America.
Hartlepool College of Further Education sports lecturer David Lancaster travelled to Florida this month for the US Open and ISKA Martial Arts World Championships and he won the clash fighting competition and came runner-up and third in another two categories.
A total of 3,000 people from around the world were taking part and the 51-year-old beat off competition from dozens of competitors in his categories.
David has been teaching at the college for eight years and participating in martial arts for 30 years.
The competition started well with the kickboxing section first and David had to fight through three rounds before losing to an American in the semi-final - but he managed to claim third place.
Next up was the points fighting, less physical than the kickboxing but explosive in terms of fast punches and kicks.
David eventually reached the final by stopping his opponent in the semi-final and next up was a Mexican opponent, who won the sudden death play-off in the final to win that title.
The third competition was the clash fighting, a fairly new competition which follows the same rules as kickboxing but is staged in clashes and at a higher tempo.
Said David: “The two days of fighting seemed to have taken its toll on a lot of the competitors but thanks to all the training I had done back at home and at the college, I was still feeling fresh.
“The intensity of the fighting was high but I made it through to the final of the clash fighting without too many bruises.
“My opponent in the final was a thick-set lad from South Africa who fought well but I knew the world championship was mine as long as I could stay out of trouble.”
It is not the first time David has travelled to America for the championships but it is the first time he has done so well.
David paid tribute to four sports students who helped him train before be boarded the flight including Jezney Dunn, Danni Lines, Daryl Millar and Adam Williamson, who are all students at the Stockton Street college.
David, who was 50 at the time of the competition, said: “I’d like to thank the students because they really helped me out a great deal in terms of my preparation.
“They all put in a lot of effort.”
Away from the college, David also coaches martial arts.
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