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Yasmin beats national champion

PUBLISHED: 15:33 06 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 12 July 2010

Yasmin and coach Kerry Howman.

Yasmin and coach Kerry Howman.

Yasmin Goodswen, aged eight, had the fight of her life to beat a national kickboxing champion.

The young battler from Harleston Kickboxing Club entered her first kickboxing fight, winning all three rounds.

Yasmin Goodswen, aged eight, had the fight of her life to beat a national kickboxing champion.

The young battler from Harleston Kickboxing Club entered her first kickboxing fight, winning all three rounds.

She showed an excellent degree of skill and flexibility against Chloe R Marsden.

Then she was asked to fight a second opponent, current British NAK Champion Alanah Thomson, which was a daunting prospect but Yasmin maintained a professional level of determination and poise which saw her eventually earn her second win of the day.

“Two very impressive wins for Yasmin, a bright star of the future,” said Harleston juniors' head coach Kerry Howman.

Harleston Kickboxing Club entered 13 of its fighters into the Combat Academy's Kickboxing tournament in Thurston for the second time in a year. The team managed eight wins and six defeats across the ladies' and men's teams.

First to compete for the ladies was first time fighter Lila Jay who lost against a more experienced opponent Jenny Canon. Stacey O'Brian another first time fighter had a brilliant first win against Charlotte Kernon. Next came two losses, one for Emma Taylor who had a tough fight against Hayley Holmes, and Hayley Oakes who lost to Jayne Forsdike but showed an amazing amount of determination throughout the three rounds.

Another win came from Pip Wilmot who put up an admirable fight against a much more experienced full contact fighter Claire Murrel, who was disqualified in the third round for heavy hitting.

Clare Mickleburgh had a difficult fight and lost to Sarah Buxton, followed by Gemma Ralph who performed exceptionally well but sadly lost to Jasmine Mulley on points.

First to compete for the men's team was Steve Mack who had a comfortable win against Felix Hare. John Gill was delighted to win against Simon Reeves on his Kick Boxing debut.

Next, Jack Scofield lost out to more experienced opponent Luke Leggett. The Men's team finished off the day with two wins achieved firstly by Ian Hardy who won all three rounds to beat Kris Baxter and Ben Gilby who had a comfortable win against Adam Ward.

If anyone is interested in kickboxing call 07772801373 or email kerryhowman@harlestonkickboxing.co.uk or visit www.harlestonkickboxing.co.uk

Harleston now run an additional class for juniors Tuesday and Thursday 5-6pm and adults 6-8pm Tuesday and Thursday.

They train at The Swan Hotel, Harleston.

The club is holding a fundraiser this Friday night to raise money for their desperately-needed kickboxing ring, featuring The Bristol Johnsons (Adam Mullins) and The Pilots at The Apollo, Harleston. The club is also holding a jumble sale on Saturday morning at The Swan Hotel.

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