Seven members of Dynamic Martial Arts, in Silverdale, joined the NZ Kickboxing team recently to compete in two world events in Europe.
First up was the International Combat Organisation’s (ICO) World Cup in Birmingham, led by New Zealand’s ICO president and head coach at Dynamic Martial Arts, Gary Sawyer.
At the event, Gabby Minton, Talia Minton, Paul Minton and Mike Howard got their first taste of the level of competition on the world stage, with many of their opponents highly experienced. It was also the first time the Silverdale fighters had experienced a competition of this size, with between 1000 to 1500 competitors.
Head instructor Dave Sawyer said this ended up being a great warm up event for the even bigger Unified World Championships in Italy.
The Unified World Championships is one of the biggest martial arts events in the world with around 6000 competitors taking part over four days in 28 competing areas.
Dynamic’s fighters were part of a 25 strong team that came from all over New Zealand along with coaches, supporters and officials.
Local fighters, including three from the same family, brought home a fistful of medals – Talia Minton took home gold and silver from the Unified event and silver and bronze from the ICO; her sister Gabby won gold and silver in the Unified and their father Paul won two bronze medals, one in each event. Mike Howard took home a silver from Unified and bronze from ICO.
Dynamic Martial Arts brings home the medals
Dynamic Martial Arts champions, from left, Mike Howard, Gabby, Talia and Paul Minton.