MARTIAL ARTS: Champion Charlie returns to competition in style

Charlie Digan
Charlie Digan
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Young Charlie Digan competed on Sunday in his first tournament of the year since winning double gold at the World Championships in Portugal last year.

Barkston and Syston School pupil Charlie travelled to Stalham to compete at the Norfolk Open and contested the open weight 4ft and under points section.

There were 10 fighters in total in this division and Charlie was in fantastic form, looking extremely sharp from the start and throughout all his fights to win his section. He won all his fights comfortably and showed much improvement in all areas.

Charlie’s father Trevor said: “He has been working very hard with myself and the BCKA England team on his blitzing, ring craft and timing. This really showed on Sunday and Charlie was in a league of his own compared to his opponents. His first fight he won 10-0, in the quarters 8-4, and in the final 13-3.

“Charlie has a few tournaments coming up over the next couple of months and we are hoping with the improvement he’s made this year so far, he will keep improving and achieving.”

l If anyone is interested in joining one of the BCKA kickboxing and Kung Fu classes in Grantham or surrounding areas, there is a mixed adults and children class at The Meres leisure centre on Monday night, and a kids only class on Wednesdaya at St Anne’s School, Harrowby Road.

For more information on any of the BCKA Schools, call Chief instructor Alex Barrowman on 07930 260705.