A YOUNG, vivacious martial artist has made her mark on the kickboxing circuit after claiming silver in a sterling performance for the Revolution English title.
Earby’s Charlotte Smith, who trains at the Phoenix Academy of MMA in Barnoldswick, paved her route to the competition, held at Tia Rowe’s Club in Doncaster, by winning gold in a light continuous event.
The 11-year-old black belt, who will soon be taking her 1st Dan, put her four years of training to good use as she performed admirably in the tournament, winning many suitors as a result of her display in the final, only her third competitive fight.
Now her instructor, Sandra Gwinnett 2nd Dan, believes she’s ready to make her mark in the under 55kg category.
“Charlotte was never a fan of the kickboxing and sparring but enjoyed the other arts.
“Just over the last year I noticed a change in her confidence and how she was growing within and outside of the club, and asked her if she was interested in competing.
“She then started another two classes (fight class) on top of her already training four times a week.
“She has had massive support from the club and her family who are willing to take her where she needs to go and keep her going, bringing her to training.”
Sandra added: “Charlotte has grown so much as a person and is such a good student to work with, always helping where she can.
“She is so pleasant and is ready for more.
“I am so proud of her and her achievements, she will go far.”
The Station Road venue, which has Charlotte’s sisters Georgina, nine, and Elizabeth, four, among it’s students, specialises in karate, kickboxing, grappling and boxercise, among other skills for infants up to adults.
Anybody wanting more information can contact Sandra on 07807 092887.