Martial arts - city fighters lead England gold rush at world championships

The Jones sisters who all won world titles. From the left are Bethany, Lianne and Becky.

The Jones sisters who all won world titles. From the left are Bethany, Lianne and Becky.

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City fighters are on top of the world after returning from Portugal with a stack of world championship medals - many of them gold.

Nine martial arts wizards from Peterborough clubs represented England at the International Sports Kickboxing Association (ISKA) World Championships in Portimao and they helped their country to a record haul of medals.

Kevin Buckley celebrates winning a silver medal.

Kevin Buckley celebrates winning a silver medal.

In total England brought home 25 gold, 21 sliver and 30 bronze medals - an improvement of 10 on the previous year.

And that thrilled Peterborough martial arts guru Clifton Findley, a former world karate and kick-boxing champion who recently took on the role of amateur director for ISKA.

He said: “It was a fabulous event - not just for England, but for Peterborough as well.

“This year we had five clubs from Peterborough represented, which was brilliant for the city, and they certainly put Peterborough on the martial arts map. I am so proud of all of them, especially our six world champions.”

Gold medal winners Bethany Jones, Josh Hood and Lianne Jones.

Gold medal winners Bethany Jones, Josh Hood and Lianne Jones.

There were 15 countries, including the USA, in attendance with over 700 competitors involved in semi-contact, light contact, mixed martial arts, forms and full contact categories.

Leading the way for our local contingent was the reigning Peterborough Telegraph Sportswoman of the Year Gaynor Morgan.

The Immortal 365 club coach successfully defended her Over 66kg semi-contact and light contact titles to become a double world champion for the fourth year running.

All three of the Jones sisters, who have started up their own club called JAMA Kickboxing in Western Avenue, Dogsthorpe, were in fine form.

World champion Zack Reed with Clifton Findley.

World champion Zack Reed with Clifton Findley.

Chief instructor Lianne picked up two gold medals, Bethany won gold and silver and Becky a gold and bronze.

From the same club Josh Hood (18), who only took up martial arts two years ago, struck gold in the men’s Unnder 71kg light-contact competition and there was a gold for young Hicks Karate School talent Jake Peppercorn in the cadets Under 71kg semi-contact class.

RESULTS

Gaynor Morgan (Immortal 365) - gold - women’s Over 66kg semi-contact.

Gaynor Morgan (Immortal 365) - gold - women’s Over 66kg light contact.

Lianne Jones (JAMA) - gold - women’s Under 54kg semi-contact.

Lianne Jones (JAMA) - gold - women’s Under 54kg light contact.

Bethany Jones (JAMA) - gold - cadets Under 55kg semi-contact.

Bethany Jones (JAMA) - silver - cadets Under 55kg light contact.

Becky Jones (JAMA) - gold - women’s Under 66kg mixed martial arts.

Becky Jones (JAMA) - bronze - women’s Under 60kg semi-contact.

Josh Hood (JAMA) - gold - men’s Under 71kg light contact.

Josh Hood (JAMA) - bronze - men’s Under 71kg semi-contact.

Jake Peppercorn (Hicks Karate) - gold - Cadets 13-17 Under 71kg semi-contact.

Zack Reed (Peterborough Freestyle) - bronze - boys Under 40kg semi-contact.

Kevin Buckley (Peterborough Warriors) - silver - men’s 84kg semi-contact.

Justice Ayling (Peterborough Warriors) - bronze - boys 10-12 Under 30kg semi-contact.