The little kickboxing club punching well above its weight

PUBLISHED: 15:14 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:14 28 September 2016

Phoebe 'The Mighty Atom' Cumiskey

Phoebe 'The Mighty Atom' Cumiskey


A Gravesend kickboxing club has two more titles under its belt

Tina 'The Machine' HarveyTina 'The Machine' Harvey

A Gravesend kickboxing club is running out of space to display its belts after claiming two more titles.

On Saturday, Star Kickboxing’s Tina ‘The Machine’ Harvey became three times world champion after a bruising fight against Northern Ireland’s Cathy McAleer.

Meanwhile, Phoebe ‘The Mighty Atom’ Cumiskey’ defeated Molly Walborn to take the TFC European Cadet K1 title in just two rounds.

Senior coach Leigh Howarth said: “For the past three years we have been on such a massive run of success and won 50 title belts.

“For a little club that is tucked away in Gravesend it is amazing what has been achieved.

“I am running out of room where I can hang the titles up!”

Mr Howarth claimed teamwork is a big factor behind the club’s remarkable success.

“We train extremely hard – we really do put the hours in,” he said.

“All the fighters help each other out. If they see someone doing something wrong they will help them.

“The general cameraderie is very good. As a consequence, it brings the level of the people below them up.”

He added that the sport is becoming increasingly popular among both men and women.

“Years ago it used to be boxing but now people are drifting over to kickboxing and K1, where you are allowed to kick the legs.

“We do the training not necessarily to fight, but also to tone up. You can burn up to 1,000 calories per lesson.

“It is quite common we get children being bullied at school, and we give them confidence,” he added.

“We get lots of children with ADHD, Asperger’s and other conditions. Their parents bring them to us and we teach them and they do really well.”

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