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The members of one of Campbeltown’s newest youth sports clubs impressed their family and friends when they displayed the mixed martial arts (MMA) moves they have mastered in the last few months.
Core MMA Campbeltown, founded in October last year, held an exhibition fight night last Friday evening, where its young members showed off their skills under the guidance of their coaches, Jimi McCallum, Warren Tait, Sarah Livingston and Sean McGeachy.
MMA is described as ‘an extreme combat sport’ in which contestants are allowed to use the fighting techniques of wrestling and boxing, as well as those of martial arts including kickboxing, judo and karate.
Many spectators were forced to stand at the back of the SKDT Hall as the rows of seats filled quickly with people eager to get a good view as the athletes took turns in bouts of boxing, K-1, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA.
Jimi, founder of the club, whose main sponsor is Andrew Thompson Plastering and Decorating, said afterwards: ‘What a brilliant display of skills and control from Core MMA – I’ve never been so proud! The youngsters were really nervous about showcasing the skills they have learned but in the end they all chose to do it.
‘They all did amazingly well; I am so proud of them. What has been achieved in such a small space of time is a credit to the town.’