HATTERSLEY kickboxers are proving to be among the very best by fighting their way to a host of titles.
An amazing four of the fighters the club took to a recent European competition took the title, while it scooped another eight medals, four silver and four bronze.
That is on top of the success by Robbie Derbyshire in what is considered the biggest kickboxing tournament in the world.
The 13-year-old from Hattersley took the honours in the Junior Under 35kgs category at the Irish Open at Dublin’s City West hotel – not bad considering he has only had three years of training.
He then followed it up with a title at the British Chinese Kickboxing Association’s European Championships at the end of June.
Brother Stanley also joined him in the winners’ circle after taking the U50kg honours, before they both go for their black belts in December, bidding to become the first ever from the estate to reach that level.
Danielle Allsop, who is the niece of coach Rick, also won the girls’ U65kg title at the event.
Robbie is not the only member of Hattersley Kickboxing, which is run by instructor Rick Allsopp, to have grabbed glory in competition.
At the recent Aberdeen Open, which featured competitors from as far away as the USA and Canada, three more fighters reached finals in their categories.
Rick, who also coaches Team GB in light continuous fighting and also has clubs in Broadbottom, Buxton and New Mills, told the Correspondent: “We’ve had a brilliant year this year. We’ve had so many amazing students over the last four years.
“The club has gone from strength to strength.”
Having carried out recent gradings by North West Chinese Kickboxing (NWCKB), next up for Hattersley fighters is the North West Chinese Kickboxing (NWCKB) combat league on September 28 at the George H Carnall Leisure Centre in Urmston, Manchester, and the ippon challenge the day after in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Those thinking of competing have been reminded that failure to make these shows means they are not entitled to fight at the British Championships in March.
In turn, that could bring a place at the 2020 World Championships in Madrid next August.