A positive start this year for Ying Yang Kickboxing

Saturday, March 6, 2010, 0:12

Recently the Martial Arts calendar in Malta was filled with activities. Especially for Master Noel Mercieca and for his students of the Ying Yang Kickboxing.

In January, 23 students from Ying Yang took part in a grading for their next Belt in Kickboxing. Two students amongst them, Jonathan Curmi and Keith Mills, achieved the Black Belt, so now Master Mercieca, the founder of the club, has 12 students with a Black Belt. Another two, Jean Attard and Kylie Cocker, achieved the 1st Dan Black Belt.

The grading was organized by the Maltese Kickboxing Association (MKBA) presided under Kancho Adrian Axisa, the founder of the MKBA. All the students were examined from Kickboxing instructors of other MKBA clubs.

The duration of the exam varied from one hour to four hours, depending on the Belt. Every level involved different Kickboxing techniques, from those with only punches or kicks to those with a combination of both. Higher the Belt higher is the technique, those for the Black Belt were examined on techniques which involved jumping spinning kicks and even their application in sparring.

The other students, and their respective Belt, that took part in the grading were: Red: Fiona Farrugia, Aiden Borg, Julian Camilleri, Ludwig Ciantar, Jeannie Bell; Green:Andrew Grima, Nicholas Vella, Rowena Pace, Kyle Stone, Erica Littlejohn, Dalton Bartolo, Alan Ellul, Jonathan Saliba, Stephanie Mercieca, Roderick Bonello; Purple: Kurt Grech, Leonita Ellul, Bonnie Lepre; Blue: Mark Bugeja.

With this grading Master Mercieca officially inaugurated his new Kickboxing premises. Since the lessons are now spread throughout the week Mercieca can focus on beginners and advanced students separately at different times. The Ying Yang Kickboxing is even part of the World Kickboxing Network (WKN). In January Daniel Żarha, a member of the Ying Yang, was the first Maltese that won a WKN competition with K1 Kickboxing rules.

For more information regarding the training days please visit the website www.yingyangkickboxing.com or contact Master Noel Mercieca on 79208283 or merciecanoel@yahoo.co.uk

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