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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Furness kickboxing stars earn black belts

A MAGNIFICENT seven kick-boxing aces have been awarded their black belts.

Lau Gar Kung Fu and Kick-Boxing Club members Daniel Pearce, Alan Lawrence, Zak Gill, Stephen Leech, Skye Donnelly, Daniel Bleasedale and Will Jackson were all awarded the honour after a recent grading.

The Lau Gar club, which is affiliated to the British Kung Fu Association, meets in Barrow and Ulverston on a weekly basis. Coach Sean Donnelly says the club will always welcome new members, both male and female, and of all ages.

“People can come along any time for a free lesson and see if they like it and we will take it from there,” he said.

“You can start any time of the year with the first lesson free to experience a session. Afterwards I can give you membership and licence forms to start your Lau Gar journey.”

Lau Gar was first established in the UK more than 35 years ago by Master Yau (the keeper of the Lau Gar style) and has become one of the well known and successful styles in the UK.

Donnelly said: “It is a traditional, sophisticated martial art that you can continue to learn for a lifetime and has become famous for its tournament fighters. As many people do not realise its foundation and strengths are traditional in every way, from empty hand forms, traditional weapons, two-person drills, hand and body conditioning.

“I have practised Lau Gar for 18 years and have a black degree and three black belts, with over 10 years’ teaching experience.”

The club meets on Wednesdays at Ulverston Victoria High School (6.15pm-7.45pm) and on Thursdays at St George’s School, Barrow (7pm-8.30pm). The first lesson is free.

For more information contact Sean Donnelly on 01229 821655 or 07845 727199 or email sdonn71@tiscali.co.uk

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