Awards for Strikeback pair

Strikeback Kickboxing Club instructors Gemma Baker and George Katsimpas both received awards at a recent ceremony.

STRIKEBACK Kickboxing Club held a presentation of gradings and awards for Somerset freestyle kickboxing.

Gemma Baker was presented with her second dan black belt. The grading was a gruelling six hour of technical skills. Gemma is an instructor at Strikeback and is a current national champion.

Over her 14 years in the sport, Gemma has been the world, European and British champion, a great achievement for a 19-year-old.

Also at the awards evening was George Katsimpas, who was presented with a special award for dedication to martial arts.


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George has been competing at the highest level for over 20 years and has mastered numerous styles of martial arts, becoming a two-time world champion, three-time European and four-time British champion and is the current national champion within kickboxing.

George said: “I’m always learning and I’m happiest when teaching my knowledge and skills to newcomers. The award was a great honour to receive, but for me it’s something I enjoy and want to impart on to our local community within my role as instructor at Strikeback KBC.”

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If you wish to be trained by George and Gemma, please come along to Strikeback, Unit 43, Lynx Crescent, Oldmixon, BS24 9DJ, view our website www.strikebackgym.co.uk or e-mail strikebackabc@yahoo.co.uk or contact Rob on 07899013228.

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