Lumpini Fight Team Juniors: “We’re the Superstars of Super League!”

The Crawley Martial Arts Academy's Medal Winners in Manchester last weekend

The Crawley Martial Arts Academy’s Medal Winners in Manchester last weekend

4 Golds, 2 Silvers and a Bronze Medal for Crawley Martial Arts Academy’s ‘Lumpini Fight Team

Thaiboxing:- Crawley Martial Arts Academy returned successful from the British Championships in Manchester on Saturday. The team of eight fighters didn’t disappoint, bringing back 4 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze to the Manor Royal gym.

Travelling up on the Friday night, the team wanted to get a good nights’ rest before the early start on Saturday morning which would see the eight strong team work through 14 fights and take home a whopping total of seven medals.

First up was Jamie Brown, the 12 year who travels from Brighton to train at the Crawley Academy went straight into the finals, bagging the first Gold medal of the day.

Turners Hill’s, Harvey White was up next. The 10 year old from Pound Hill was in one of the busiest weight categories, fighting three times onthe day. The youngster who’d spent most of his Easter in the gym won his first fight before losing in the semi-finals. Fighting for third place, Harvey won comfortably and took home the Bronze medal.

Next out was fellow Turner’s Hill, “Handsome” Jack West. Fighting twice, the 10 year old put on a brave performance coming fourth in his age category. Older brother Teddy went straight into the finals winning Gold in the 12-14 year old age category.

Tilgate based Bradley Linstead had been preparing hard and had showed great potential in the 2012 Super League was next up to fight. The tall 11 year old fought won his first qualifying bout before winning the final in his category to take the second Gold medal of the day.

Hazelwick student George Jarvis followed. The well-trained 12 year old had been working hard since his visit to Thailand with brother Jack and Harvey White last November. After a short spell out of the ring, George showed no sign of any ring rust as he took control of the ring, demonstrating superior skill to comfortably take home the fourth gold medal of the day.

East Grinstead's Liam Lambourne takes the Silver MedalA veteran of the 2012 Championships, East Grinstead’s Liam Lambourne was back in the Super League. The 15 year old was the only competitor in the under 68 kilogram weight category so was moved into a weight category above. Fighting an opponent close to 2 years his senior and over10 kilograms heavier Liam lost in what was a very close fight and took home the silver medal.

Last to fight was 15 year old Jack Jarvis. The older of the Jarvis brothers flew through the first round beating stopping his opponent with a barrage of well timed kicks and knees. Fighting in the 15 to 17 year weight category teenage martial artist Jack had to settle for silver, losing to a more experienced fighter and the winner of the 2012 World Championships in Russia.

The British Championships for part of the Thaiboxing Super League with the juniors fighters winning points based on their placement at a number of the shows.

At the end of the year, the competitors with the most points to their name qualify to represent the UK at the World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Returning back to Crawley on Sunday morning with trophies, medals and big smiles the team were happy with the first stage of the competition and fired up for the next round of qualifiers.

Head coach, John Jarvis said “It was a brilliant day for the Lumpini Fight Team. The team made me very proud, all of them. They put in lots of effort and time in the gym and really delivered this weekend. And thanks to all the parents and corner men who all travelled up to help!”

The team will be back in action for their the next stage on the 6th May in Birmingham. If you’d like to find out more about Thaiboxing and Martial Arts training in Crawley you can contact the academy on 01293 552 511 or enter you name and telephone number in the box on this page >>

The Crawley team , coaches and corner men