Children in St. Giles in Lincoln were introduced to the art of kickboxing from European Champion Shawn ‘Boom Boom’ Burton.
Between his regular day job, running his own gym and training for his upcoming fight, Shawn is working with those who might find it difficult accessing his gym, The Lincoln Fight Factory.
He is introducing the grading syllabus in the New Year as many of the children and parents are keen to work towards their kickboxing belts.
The club, run by Lincolnshire Active Community Network (LACN) at the Jubilee Halls, has 38 local boys and girls aged between 4 and 14 attending Tuesdays at 6pm.
The grading process can be expensive for some families and Shawn is eager to find a way of reducing this cost.
Shawn said: “I really enjoy it, the children are all improving in concentration, behaviour and kickboxing skills, that’s what I find rewarding.”
Sam Marshall, operations officer at LACN said: “LACN are very keen to support activities around Lincolnshire and enable these children to achieve a grade in kickboxing, we will be donating funds to the club.”
Shawn is also asking for support from local taxi firms or a car dealership to sponsor transport to enable him to collect the children from the community clubs himself.
In November LACN and Shawn will be opening another community kickboxing club at the Priory Centre in the St Park area of the Lincoln.
Photos by Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite