Kickboxers going for gold in Italy

(back row left to right) Hugh Crawford, James Langan, Chloe Crawford, Susan Crawford.'(front row left to right) Nattaya Malcolm, Andrew Langan, Corey Robinson.
(back row left to right) Hugh Crawford, James Langan, Chloe Crawford, Susan Crawford.'(front row left to right) Nattaya Malcolm, Andrew Langan, Corey Robinson.

MARTIAL arts champs are hoping to be top of the chops by bringing back world titles from a global competition.

Members of the Koguryo Freestyle Martial Arts, based at Peterlee Fitness and Martial Arts Centre, are currently competing in the World Kick-Boxing Council World Championships in Toronto, Canada.

It comes on top of the group winning five British titles during the Freestyle Sport Karate Open Grand Championship in Manchester last month.

Eight members attended and seven-year-old Dene House Primary School Corey Robinson won three titles, for points fighting, light contact (under-eights) and light contact (under-10s). Hugh Crawford, who runs the club, and his wife, Susan, also won in their kata sections.

Hugh and Susan’s daughter, Chloe, 15, Nattaya Malcolm, seven, and Jack Langan, 19, picked up silver medals and Jack’s brother, James, 15, won a bronze.

Hugh, who has 36 years training in the tae kwondo-style sport, said: “To come back with five titles is a bit of a shock, especially with Corey taking three of them.”

Now Hugh, Susan, daughter Chloe, and Chloe Bailey, 14, are hoping to add to their clutch of trophies as they are in Taranto, Italy, this week for the World Kickboxing Council’s World Championships. Hugh said six members brought back bronze medals last year and are going for gold this time.

The club has just won sponsorship from SJM Motors, based on the same premises in Parsons Road, and are also looking forward to competing in the Tyne and Wear Open, in Newcastle, on November 1.