New location at Shorne business park for martial arts group

PUBLISHED: 10:13 11 August 2011

Paul and Leigh Haworth with coach Lorraine Tiller

Paul and Leigh Haworth with coach Lorraine Tiller


»A father and son martial arts duo are set to open new training facilities for a team which includes a world champion kickboxer.

Paul Haworth, 32, and his father Leigh Haworth, 59, are hard at work preparing new premises in Chalk to re-open their highly successful Star Kickboxing before the end of the month.

Launched in a scout hut in Riverview, Gravesend, seven years ago, the club quickly outgrew the space, first moving to North West Kent College, and now preparing to open their own premises.


Paul, a former UK and English Tae Kwon Do champion, said: “We were very grateful to the college but were restricted by opening times and always had to work around their schedule. This will give us the freedom to really open up and offer new training courses.”

Pupils have been working to help the team prepare the facilities, including James Gridley, a kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do champion from Swanley.

“It was quite strange having a world champion down helping lay the cement and getting his hands dirty,” said Leigh.

Alongside kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do, the club will install a boxing ring and offer white collar boxing lessons, for those who are looking to learn the sport without competing, and a tots’ class for those under six-years-old.

The gym, in Queens Farm Road, will officially open on August 29 with demonstrations and a ribbon cutting from the Mayor of Gravesham.

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