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Kickboxing: Kids get a kick out of winning.

Byline: By Roger Clarke

WINNING belts is becoming a habit for students at a Yardley kickboxing club.

Latest to add to the silverware collection at the Force One club are Chelsea Moss and Mark Sedgewick.

The club operates at Holder Road Community Centre in Yardley four times a week and is run by Learoy Moss - Chelsea's dad.

The 33-year-old, from Sheldon, has been involved in martial arts and kickboxing for more than 20 years. He said: "I was 10 when Istarted and I have reached third dan in both ju jitsu and kickboxing.

"I have been training for 20 years and teaching for six." Chelsea is the second member of the Moss family to pick up a title - last year sister Joanne, now 11, won national titles at Jata Ju Jitsu and kickboxing.

Now Chelsea, aged 10, has picked up the British title at 24kilos in the Gold Star Fist tournament at the Hardy Spicer sports club in Erdington.

Mark, aged 12, won the Midland title at 34kilos. Like Joanne he goes to Sheldon school. With dadrunning the club and living and breathing the sport it is not surprising that his daughters are following in his footsteps Chelsea, a pupil at Blakesley Hall School in Yardley, said: "I have been kickboxing for about 18 months but I do it because I really enjoyit and it is self defence." Joanne has reached black belt while Chelsea has purple and is currently going for blue.

She said: "I want to win lots of trophies and I would like to have a career in kickboxing if I could."

Learoy believes that a knowledge of kickboxing or indeed any martial art has big advantages.

"It is good for youngsters to learn martial arts," he said. "It gives them confidence and discipline in life.

"It teaches them to look after themselves and to have respect for others in society


DYNAMIC DUO... Mark Sedgewick and Chelsea Moss
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 30, 2005
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