Champ Mark to kick it with thestars in workshop

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THREE-times world martial arts champion Mark Noyce is set to work with a host of international stars.

THREE-times world martial arts champion Mark Noyce is set to work with a host of international stars.Mark(33) first took up kung fu at the age of six, after watching his first martial arts movie which starred Bruce Lee.

Twenty-seven years on, and Mark, from Cowbit, near Spalding, who retired from competition in 1998, has continued to train and provide tuition for hundreds of youngsters across the city.

And next month Mark, who moved from his former home in Walton, Peterborough two years ago, will teach a workshop at an international martial arts show in Bradford.

He will perform a demonstration in front of hundreds of people, along with Jason Frank, who plays Tommy Oliver, the Black Ranger in the Power Rangers TV show.

He will also work alongside Yan Min Chen, Shaolin Monk from the Wheel of Life and a James Bond stuntman, as well as Karen Sheperd, a black belt and actress in the Hercules TV series.

He said: "I will teach a workshop over the weekend, focusing on extreme kicking and martial arts gymnastics.

"I am thoroughly looking forward to it, especially having the opportunity to work alongside some of these talented people."

The training workshop runs over a three-day period from November 9 to 11.

Mark explained: "I decided to accept some invitations to do demonstrations again, as a bit of a comeback.

"And I am scheduled to perform at Master Sken's show this month in Manchester.

"Master Sken is regarded as one of the world's best Thai boxing instructors, so I was honoured when he contacted me and asked me to perform.

"Master Sken also played the part of Jack Nicholson's side-kick in the Batman movie."

Mark, who works as a design engineer at Baker Perkins, in Paston, Peterborough, has also done some fight choreography at the city's Key Theatre.

He has set up a new martial arts class which teaches a range of styles, including karate, Tang soo do, kung fu, kickboxing and gymnastics.

His club is called Team Black Belt UK, and the sessions take place on Tuesday and Friday, from 7pm to 8pm, at the Tu danse studios in Newark Road, Peterborough.

Mark is a three-times world forms champion.

He holds black belts in Tang Soo Do, kung fu, karate and kick-boxing.

For more information, call him on 07834 953474.