Andrew to conquer the world
PUBLISHED: 10:46 15 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:16 24 May 2010
AN INFANT school pupil from Weston has become one of the youngest ever European kickboxing champions.
AN INFANT school pupil from Weston has become one of the youngest ever European kickboxing champions.Andrew Fowler, aged just 7, won the beginners class at a competition in Worcester and was handed a massive trophy with his title.The youngster is now hoping to compete for Great Britain at the kickboxing world championships in Malta in November if he can get sponsorship.The Bournville Community Infant School pupil started kickboxing at the Combat School of Martial Arts in Churchill Road when he was just five-years-old. He is now a purple belt, just two ranks off a black belt.His teacher, Kevin Ludick, said: "I remember him falling down every time he kicked or punched, but he kept getting up, never missed a lesson and kept asking me to take him to competitions."He is so passionate about kickboxing, he is a true protege. Most kids' co-ordination and attention span at that age is not very good but Andrew spars with opponents two years older than him."Mum Sam, aged 25, of Selworthy Road, said: "He's a quiet boy. When he has been picked on at school he refuses to even say he can kickbox."Since starting kickboxing he likes to eat healthier, walks everywhere and is more confident and out-going."He is also a star pupil and gets top grades at school."He watches all the Bruce Lee films and wants to be a professional fighter, but also quite likes the idea of being a doctor and a fireman. We're very proud of him.